[fyeg_gen-l] USA recognizes Macedonia under its constitutional name

Cvetan Lj. Nikolovski cvetan at dem.org.mk
Thu Nov 4 14:27:17 CET 2004


Breaking News

The Greek Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday that Greek Government received an information concerning the imminent recognition of Macedonia under its constitutional name, Macedonian Information Agency reports, referring to the statement of the Macedonian diplomatic sources in Athens.

The most authentic confirmation for the news from Washington is the official communique that the Greek Government has received Thursday morning by the US State Department, saying that the US recognised Macedonia under its constitutional name.

Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is due to hold a press conference regarding this issue.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman George Koumoutsakos said, "indeed this information exists," adding that Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis after consulting with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, has cancelled his trip to Brussels where he was due to attend the European Council meeting.

"There is, in fact, information to that effect. In light of that, and following consultation with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Molyviatis cancelled his trip to Brussels. He informed the President of the Republic and the leaders of the Political Parties. The Foreign Minister summoned US Ambassador Miller and will receive him in his office, at 12:00 hours," Koumoutsakos.

Foreign Minister Molyviatis called US Ambassador to Athens Thomas Miller to his office and issued a strong demarche, Greek media reported.

Greek Minister of Interior Prokopis Pavlopoulos said that there are concrete resolutions of the UN and that the Greek Government would protect the interests of Greece without any exceptions.

BBC as breaking news, informed that Greece's Foreign Ministry has summoned the US ambassador over reports that Washington has recognised Greece's northern neighbour as Macedonia. The media in its headlines says - "Macedonia" strains Greek-US ties.

The Greek National Agency ANA reported "Greek Foreign Ministry confirmed the existence of reports of impending recognition of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) with its constitutional name by the US."

The news agencies Reuters and France Press have already reported that the US recognised Macedonia under its constitutional name. 

US recognizes Macedonia under its constitutional name

Athens, 04.11.2004. (Makfax) - Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Koumoutsakos has confirmed that the Greek Government received an information concerning the imminent recognition of Macedonia under its constitutional name.

"There is, in fact, information to that effect. IN light of that, and following consultation with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis cancelled his trip to Brussels, where he was to attend the European Council. He informed the President of the Republic and the leaders of the Political Parties. The Foreign Minister summoned US Ambassador Miller and will receive him in his office, at 12:00 hrs. A further announcement regarding this will be made to diplomatic journalists in the evening, at an hour to be approved," said Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman G. Koumoutsakos.

The spokesman's statement was published earlier today at the official web site of the Greek Foreign Ministry. /end/
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