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Greek warning to FYROM October 19, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Politics.
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Greece, unflinching on name issue, hints economic aid will be curbed

Greece will not agree to NATO or European Union accession for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) unless a resolution to its name dispute with the neighboring country has been found, Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis said yesterday.

“There is no way that Greece will accept FYROM’s accession to either NATO or the EU if a mutually acceptable name has not been found,” Kassimis said. Also, while Greece will not freeze economic aid to FYROM, it will curb it substantially. “Greece does not want to economically strangle FYROM… but we are following this policy so they realize that the restoration of smooth ties will be significant for their growth,” Kassimis added.

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