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24 February, 2001
Prime Minister Costas Simitis denied that Greece had offered the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia an "aid and cooperation package", in response to questions put during a Skopje press conference on Friday.
"I proposed no package to [FYROM Prime Minister Ljubco] Georgievski, I discussed no package, there is no package," he said.
Simitis said he had discussed and agreed to help the neighboring republic set up a university in Tetovo.
Asked about his Thursday meeting with FYROM's main opposition leader Branco Crvenkovski, and whether the latter agreed to a speedy resolution for the dispute between Greece and FYROM over the country's adopted name, Simitis confirmed that Crvenkovski had a expressed a desire for the issue to be resolved soon.
He was also asked whether he had met with his Turkish counter-part Bulent Ecevit, and replied that he had only met Ecevit in the framework of the Summit and that they had merely exchanged a few words and a handshake.
Talks on FYROM name continuing under UN auspices, Greece says:
Asked if Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) were nearing a solution to the issue of FYROM's name, acting government spokesman Telemachos Hytiris confined himself on Friday to saying that UN-mediated talks on the problem were continuing in New York.
Asked to comment on a proposal by former foreign minister Karolos Papoulias, who has proposed a meeting of Greek party leaders to discuss the FYROM name issue, Hytiris answered that the first priority had to be reaching an agreement with the Skopje government.
Source: Athens News Agency