Foreign Minister Popovski: Greece is not being constructive about the solution of the name dispute issue

Foreign Minister Popovski: Greece is not being constructive about the solution of the name dispute issue

Skopje, September 17, 2013

Foreign Minister of FYROM, Nikola Popovski launched criticism for Greek authorities for the lack of a constructive approach in relation to overcoming the name dispute issue.

“The only thing that we saw during this period is evasion from dialogue or any sort of progress in this process. The only thing that was presented by them during the talks was to make bad proposals look like excellent ones. But what we need is to see leadership for the region and to confirm the Agenda of Thessalonica in 2014 with the scope of enabling FYROM to start talks with the EU”, declared Popovski today after the meeting in Skopje with the Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Erki Tuomioja.

According to him, Athens is trying to stall the process with bad proposals.

Given that Greece will take over EU presidency in January next year, Popovski said that Athens must demonstrate in practice its commitment as far as the EU integration of the region is concerned.

Head of Finnish diplomacy said that his country is ready for the fifth time to recommend the start of negotiations for the accession of the country in the European family. Commenting on the open issue between FYR Macedonia and Greece, Tuomioja said that the solution depends on the political will of the parties. /ibna/