NO CONCESSIONS ON THE NAME
Macedonia is faced with "difficult and complicated" negotiations with Greece in which it must defend its constitutional name.
This is the general position of the leaders of smaller parliamentary parties that are meeting with state leaders late Friday.
The meeting is part of the consultations to agree upon the position before the new round of talks with Greece, after the proposal of negotiator Matthew Nimetz.
At the meeting initiated by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and attended by President Branko Crvenkovski the party leaders pledged to reach unified position for the negotiations.
"We should animate all creative forces in the country to build unified position, said NSDP leader Tito Petkovski.
He pointed out that "it would be very bad" for Macedonia if it fails to enter NATO because of Greece's threats for veto.
"In the negotiations with Greece, Macedonia must preserve its constitutional name and its national identity", said Roza Topuzovska Karevska of LDP.
DOM leader Liljana Popovska said that Macedonia made many mistakes in diplomatic steps and that the country leads too defensive policy.
"Macedonian minority in Greece has no rights, property issues with refugees from Greece are not solved, and Macedonia suffered large damages of billions of dollars due to Greek embargo. If we deliver these demands, we will have completely different situation at the negotiating table", Popovska said.