The tripartite meeting between Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia, in Thessaloniki on 13 July, caused a storm n the media in Skopje.
The reason for this were the statements made by Serbian President Alexandar Vucic, Vucic supported the statement by Ivica Dacic, his Foreign Minister, that it was wrong for Serbia to recognize FYRO Macedonia under its constitutional name as well as that of Boiko Borissov, who clearly stated that the European And the Euro-Atlantic course of FYRO Macedonia goes through finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute.
According to “Plusinfo” “Durind their meeting in Thessaloniki Tsipras, Vucic and Borissov stressed that the stabilization of” Macedonia “and the substantive dialogue to find a mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute are a prerequisite for the full support of Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria in the country’s Euro-Atlantic perspective”.
In addition the TV station “Telma” reported that the ”Trilateral meeting in Thessaloniki, the Athens-Belgrade axis is renewed …. Following the good news from Trieste about Skopje, there’s a cold shower from the region and from Thessaloniki, or at least from two out of the three in the tripartite ”
The new government of Skopje tried to overwhelm both the Greek and Bulgarian sides with “friendship” through the “Friendship Pact” that is expected to be signed on August 2, without actually accepting that it has to negotiate the name issue and escape Nikola Gruevski’s nationalist tendencies that seem to also dominate the political thought of the new Skopje leadership.
Obviously counting on the protection of some EU countries and the USA the Skopje government, thought they could change the agenda from the very first day and find the Greek side willing without actually sacrificing anything on their side.
In Skopje they believed blocking Greece from the Trieste Conference on the Western Balkans would pave the way for a solution concerning FYRO Macedonia’s European and Euro-Atlantic course. They also thought that the misguided statements by German Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth would strengthen the country’s position and put pressure on Greece.
But reality is different from the dreams and hopes, that have been cultivated with the help of some of Greece’s European partners concerning the name dispute for Skopje, thus preserving nationalist and irredentist aspirations through the name of the country.
The tripartite co-operation between Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, frightens Skopje because they can be isolated from the Balkan development path that is being planned by Balkan countries for the Balkans. With all the accumulated economic problems, the isolation of Skopje will bring about a chain reaction, throwing the country back on the verge of political instability with unpredictable consequences.
Although the tripartite cooperation does not act as blackmail against Skopje, it clearly gives them the opportunity for their own security and prosperity and to write a new plan in their foreign policy that will pave the way for development.
The point is that the new Skopje leadership should understand this and not fall into the trap set by some European Union “patrons” of Nikola Gruevski who pursued a policy which, in the end, brought him face to face with electoral defeat but also with legal persecutions that may also bring an end to his political career.
It should be understood by the Skopje political leadership that Politics is the art of feasibility./ΙΒΝΑ