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07 March, 2003
The Greek foreign ministry on Thursday ruled out a double name for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in order to overcome a long-standing impasse between Athens and Skopje over the tiny republic's name, saying this was not a realistic proposal.
Foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis had been asked to comment on a proposal by a United States official calling for a double name solution, with Washington mediating.
He also noted that an interim agreement between Greece and FYROM had been silently renewed, as provided for within the agreement itself.
"Greece wants the adoption of one and only one name by the neighboring state for all purposes. We have the desire to continue negotiations within the framework of the United Nations for a jointly acceptable solution," he said.
Greece objects to the use of the name 'Macedonia' for FYROM, which shares a border with a northern Greek province with the same name.
Source: Athens News Agency