Greece-FYROM hold first round of CBM

Greece-FYROM hold first round of CBM

Athens, November 5, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

Annoyance from the Greek side for the provocative renaming of the museum in Skopje to the “Palace of Alexander the Macedonian”.

By Spiros Sideris

The first round of talks between delegations of Greece and FYROM was held, headed by A’ Director General, Ambassador Peter Mavroidis and the General Secretary of FYROM Foreign Minister, Elena Kuzmanovska, involving the discussion of a first package of six Confidence Building Measures ( CBM) (from 11 overall), following the two foreign ministers’ agreement last June, during the visit of Greek FM Nickos Kotzias.

The talks were conducted in a good atmosphere and it was agreed to hold the first meeting of political consultations between the two Foreign Ministers on the basis of the proposed greek issues in 2015 for the refugee problem, the Middle East, with a focus on the Syrian crisis, including foreign fighters.

The talks revealed an almost absolute agreement in European expertise issues and programs in the fields of customs, environment and Home Affairs, while Greek experts are ready to be sent to organise seminars and the coordination of the programs IPA II, Taiex, Twinning

There was strong interest in the field of inter-university cooperation, under a Greek MoU draft of the University of Piraeus and a list of FYR Macedonian universities seeking cooperation with similar Greek ones.

There was also discussion on the work of the railway link Florina – Monastiriou, which will proceed smoothly. The energy connection of natural gas of the two countries (Interconnector) will be considered in the next round. In the border management field (immigrant/refugee) there would be an attempt for a first collaboration through the exchange of contact points.

The next round will take place in Skopje, where the state of implementation of the above will be assessed and will be examined for the first time all other confidence building measures.

The good climate in the talks on CBMs came to disturb the provocation of Skopje in regard to the renaming of the archaeological museum two days after the above meeting. This provocative act caused considerable annoyance in the Greek FM, which recorded it and informed the competent instruments at the EU and UN.

The new archeological museum in Skopje was opened in October 2014, under the plan of the government of Nikola Gruevski “Skopje 2014”. It was renamed as the palace of “Alexander of Macedon”. In boards of the museum it is writen that “Alexander the Macedonian is the largest and best-known Macedonian king, ruler of all the then world civilization”.