Media in Skopje makes ironic comments on Venizelos’ visit

Media in Skopje makes ironic comments on Venizelos’ visit

Skopje, February 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The visit of the Greek foreign minister and head of the EU presidency, Evangelos Venizelos today and tomorrow in Skopje has provoked debates and reactions in Macedonian media and non government organizations.

Foreign Ministry in Skopje confirmed for IBNA that Mr. Venizelos arrives in Skopje this evening (19.02), while tomorrow (20.02) he will hold meetings with state leaders and representatives of political parties.

The head of the Greek diplomacy will meet with foreign minister Nikola Popovski, with the minister for European integration, Fatmir Besimi, with the head of the state, George Ivanov, leader of BDI, Ali Ahmeti, with the leader of opposition, Zoran Zaev and with the prime minister of the country, Nikola Gruevski.

Daily “Utrinski” makes strong ironic comments when it writes that “Venizelos will come and go and Macedonia will remain empty handed”.

“Venizelos will come and go, without bringing anything new for Skopje, while premier Gruevski will try and keep the meeting far from the media’s attention”, writes the daily “Utrinski”.

But, according to this newspaper, Gruevski may take advantage of this visit about the elections and make his strong point about the name dispute issue, underlining that Skopje doesn’t withdraw from its constitutional name.

“Utrinski” further underlines that Venizelos will manifest the Greek positioning on finding an acceptable solution for the name, a solution which will comply with Greek demands and which will not hurt the old sentiments and old Greek names”.

Daily “Dnevnik” publishes a reaction of the Macedonian Diaspora, which demands positive and rational messages from the head of Greek diplomacy.

“It’s time for Greece to take a leading role and to help in the European integration of Macedonia. Greece and Macedonia are neighboring countries and have joint interests about the improvement of political relations, economic prosperity and cultural and touristic cooperation”, declared the Macedonian Organization of the Diaspora.

The daily “Vest” publishes the news of the visit of the head of Greek diplomacy, his meetings and his agenda.

The newspaper says that the focus is on the first meeting with prime minister Nikola Gruevski.

Macedonian media also publish a reaction of the non government organization “Macedonian Manifest” and other associations. They have not demanded a high profile official ceremony for the head of Greek diplomacy, but a simple reception.

“The reason why there must not be a high profile ceremony relates to the fact that Venizelos is the biggest denier of the Macedonian identity, culture and language”, states the letter published by this association.

The majority part of the media have only published the news of the visit and the agenda, stressing the solution to the name dispute. They have also published the request for Venizelos to be received as simply as possible. /ibna/