Τετάρτη, 16 Ιουλίου 2008

The Greece - FYROM dispute at a dead end

by Dr. George Voskopoulos
originally posted at American Chronicle, 14/7/08


The recent letter of FYROM´s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to Greek Premier K. Karamanlis constitutes another major hurdle to the effort of finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute. It is worth looking at the semantics of the initiative at a crucial for the negotiations time.

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Greece has made a rather generous offer by accepting the use of the name Macedonia by FYROM with a geographical prefix that will distinguish it from Greek Macedonia. Practically it has offered Slav Macedonians the raw material to go on with their hos-tile and aggressive irredentist activities despite the mass objection of the Greek public opinion. This has not been fully appreciated by nationalists in Skopje and mediators. Rhetoric and argumentation based on the logic of the Balkan Wars of the early 20th century are outdated material in the construction of a zone of peace and security in South-eastern Europe. Some choices are hard to make but the risks of megalomania have proven disastrous to all Balkan peoples.


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