Greek Foreign Ministry comments on Ivanov’s statements about lack of cooperation from Athens

Greek Foreign Ministry comments on Ivanov’s statements about lack of cooperation from Athens

Athens, April 4, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“The Greek government is not competent to provide the necessary information to the President of FYROM. It certainly is not responsible for him being uninformed about the state of relations between the two States”, answers the spokesman of the Greek Foreign ministry to the President of FYROM, Gjorge Ivanov , who argued that “Skopje never asked for the exclusion of Athens from the initiatives to address the refugee problem in the Western Balkans”.

In an interview with the daily “To Vima”, Ivanov stressed that his government sought to coordinate with Athens, but the response of the Greek side was minimal and police cooperation remains insufficient.

“The Greek public has to know that the closure of the Balkan corridor is not at the expense of Greece, but rather to its benefit”, he says and adds: “Despite the closed corridor, every night we record around 100 unauthorized entry attempts. It seems that certain politicians in Greece fail to grasp the seriousness of the security risks arising from the crisis”.

Regarding the name issue, Ivanov stressed that restoring confidence must precede: “No problems have been solved ignoring and avoiding communication, neither the Refugee problem nor the name issue”.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Konstantinos Koutras answering relevant questions from journalists said: “The Greek government is not competent to provide the necessary information to the President of FYROM. Certainly it is not responsible for him being uninformed about the state of relations between the two states”.