Greek Ambassador to Skopje comments FM Poposki's statements
14. March 2012. | 10:14
Since the conclusion of the Interim Accord, Greece has applied its letter and spirit in good faith and expressed no intention to suspend or to terminate in whole or in part the operation of the document, Greek Ambassador to Macedonia Αlexandra Papadopoulou said Monday in a written statement.
Since the conclusion of the Interim Accord, Greece has applied its letter and spirit in good faith and expressed no intention to suspend or to terminate in whole or in part the operation of the document, Greek Ambassador to Macedonia Αlexandra Papadopoulou said Monday in a written statement with respects to recent assertions of Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki, including in an interview to the local press, that Greece has "suspended unilaterally the legal bilateral framework and has the agreement (Interim Accord) in suspension."
However, Macedonia on its part has never accepted the Interim Accord as a synallagmatic agreement imposing parallel and reciprocal obligations on both parties, reads the press release of the Greek Liaison Office in Skopje.
"Its Government, especially after the NATO Bucharest Summit in 2008, has been engaged in an unprecedented policy of hostility and irredentism against Greece by continuing its appropriation of Greek historical symbols, the use of the Sun of Vergina, and by openly casting doubts on the actual territorial status quo of the South Balkans," the press release reads.
The Greek Government, it says, has lodged in the past years many written protests with the authorities of Macedonia showing that these activities egregiously violate the spirit and the letter of the Interim Accord and undermine the friendly relations between the two countries.
Likewise, in the above protests Greece has been calling upon the Government of Macedonia to abandon its irredentist aspirations and pretensions as well as to desist from its illegal activities against Greece and to participate in good faith in the negotiations for the resolution of the name issue under UN auspices.
"The Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has ignored these calls and instead of focusing in good faith on the above UN led negotiations is now engaged in a new effort to discredit Greece and divert the attention of the international community from the resolution of the difference over its name despite the fact that continuation of the difference seriously undermines the stability of the whole region," the press release reads.