GRUEVSKI ATTENDS GREEK EMBASSY CELEBRATION
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski appeared today unexpectedly at a reception set up by the Greek Embassy in Macedonia on the occasion of the Greece's National Day.
Gruevski's attendance, as confirmed also by the Greek Ambassador Theodora Grosomanidou, was totally unexpected, prompting the media to jump to the conclusion that the move is aimed at mitigating the strained Macedonian-Greek relations.
The straining of the relations came after increasing Greek protests over renaming of the international airport in Skopje into "Alexander the Great" and the Macedonian verbal note of protest relating the nationalistic slogans chanted by a part of the Greek Army at a parade in Thessaloniki, which followed shortly after.
This is the first appearance of the premier at a reception staged by Greece and I am honored and encouraged by this move, Grosomanidou said.
Greece has initiated a dispute with Macedonia over the country's constitutional name, under the pretext that the name represents claiming to the Greek national history and territorial pretensions by Macedonia.
The United Nations have been mediating in the negotiations aimed at "overcoming the differences between the two countries", whose current bilateral relations are based on the Interim Agreement signed in 1995.
In the meantime, as many as 120 countries; three of which are permanent members of the UN Security Council; have recognized the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name.
MD: Well, why not, maybe they’ve talked about football :)