MACEDONIA TO UNDERTAKE ALL MEASURES FOR POSSIBLE GREEK VETO
Government spokesman Ivica Bocevski, considering yesterday's information broadcast by Sitel TV station that the Government had passed 12 directions for action in case Greece vetoed Macedonia's accession to NATO, said he refused to comment hypothetical situations.
The Government of Macedonia will not comment hypothetical issues, including this one that refers to possible veto by Greece for our accession to NATO. Country's top state officials have established regular communication. Surely, Macedonia, being normal and organised country, in such given situation will undertake all measures at its disposal as responsible member of the international community, said Bocevski answering a journalist question at Sunday's press conference in the Government.
Sitel TV station reported yesterday that Macedonia will officially revoke the interim agreement, thus it's validity will be annulled, and that the name dispute talks with Greece or any other country will be stopped if Greece puts a veto on Macedonia's accession to NATO. In that case Macedonia will send an official request to the UN on recognising the constitutional name. Given the intention, Macedonia will turn to the Security Council of General Assembly, or to both of them, if it evaluates that it's the best option.
According to Sitel, Macedonia in case of a Greek veto will also organise a referendum for preserving the constitutional name in order to prevent any current or future high-profile politician from changing the name. Moreover, a procedure on retrieving the old original flag (Kutles - Vergina sun) will be instigated having in mind that the change of the flag didn't contribute to mitigating the name problem. It is anticipated this idea to be accepted because both Macedonians and Albanians honour Alexander the Great. The TV station reported that, out of the same reasons, a procedure for retrieving the constitutional amendments from 1992 will be started, while appropriate legal procedure regarding the minority issue of the Macedonians in Greece will be launched.
Sitel insisted that hundreds of streets, highways, buildings, stadiums, sports halls and squares will be renamed, bearing the names of great ancient Macedonians. Also the Tabanovce-Bogorodica route of Corridor 10 will be named Alexander the Great Highway, whereas the new airport in Stip will bear the name of Philip II.
The TV station foresaw that closer ties with Northern Cyprus will be established, as well as the partnership with USA and Turkey will be reinforced and implementing Ancient Macedonian symbol's in the equipment of Macedonian sports teams.
Greek newspaper Ethnos also claimed yesterday that the U.S. threatened Greece with "repressive measures" if it vetoed Macedonia's accession into NATO. Dora Bakoyiannis is scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State, Condeleezza Rice in Washington on Wednesday to discuss Greece's stance and naming options for Macedonia as a last chance solution. Greece's strong stance on this issue leaves the U.S. with one option to delay Macedonia's invite to accession into NATO.
Macedonia understands the power of this issue and the consequences it may face resulting from Kosovo's current events and is pushing for quick accession into NATO.
Matthew Nimitz, UN special envoy for the naming issue between Macedonia and Greece, is ready with a new proposal. By the looks, this proposal will not be satisfactory to Greece since he does not accept Greece's complex name proposal, but rather accepts Macedonia's right to use its constitutional name Republic of Macedonia, Ethnos reports.
MD: Nice measures, we really like the flag one. Maybe they should do those things anyway, even if there will be no veto. It is because of Greece that we haven't done these things earlier, after all.