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07 April, 1999
Athens is fully prepared to assist the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in dealing with the waves of refugees flowing into that country, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said yesterday.
He was responding to reporters' questions regarding a letter sent to all European Union leaders by FYROM Prime Minister Ljupco Georgievski, calling for assistance.
Mr. Reppas said Prime Minister Costas Simitis had spoken with Mr. Georgievski and said he would bring up his concerns with all the international organizations Greece participates in.
Mr. Simitis also reiterated Greece's position that FYROM's existing borders should not be changed.
Mr. Reppas said the long-standing dispute between FYROM and Athens over the former's name was a separate issue that was being dealt within the framework of the UN.
"Greece has no reason to change its stance on this (framework for a resolution)," Mr. Reppas said, adding that the present crisis might create a better understanding leading to a resolution of the issue.
Source: Athens News Agency