KARAMANLIS WITH SHARP TONE AGAINST MACEDONIA
The Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis used a sharp tone in his address on Macedonia before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg yesterday, Greek media reported today.
"Karamanlis stated clearly and strongly before PACE that Macedonia's unilateral provocations like changing the name of the Skopje's Airport from 'Petrovec' to 'Alexander the Great' are unacceptable to Athens", Greek daily Kathimerini says.
The paper adds that Greek PM made it very clear Greece would not continue unconditional support to Macedonia's bid for membership in EU.
Karamanlis called for reaching a mutually acceptable solution on the name of Macedonia under UN agenda, noting however that Athens would not necessarily back Macedonia if it fails to respect the principles of good neighborly relations and meet the requirements set by EU, Kathimerini says.
"I am a Macedonian, as are another 2.5 million Greeks", the Athens-based daily quoted Karamanlis as saying.
MD: Well if he is a Macedonian, he should act like a Macedonian too.