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NAME TALKS ENTER FINALE



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Diplomats from Athens and Skopje are to meet Tuesday in New York on what appears to be the last round of UN-sponsored talks in the Macedonia “name” dispute ahead of the key NATO summit. A quick solution to the dispute would enable Macedonia to avoid a Greek veto of its bid to receive an invitation to join NATO at the alliance's forthcoming summit in Bucharest, which is set to commence on April 2.

After having final consultations with leaders in Skopje, Macedonia’s negotiator in the talks, Nikola Dimitrov, did not specify the instructions given to him on Sunday and simply said that he is travelling to New York with “precise directions.” “We are still not at a point where a single name is on the table for consideration,” Greek Foreign Minnister Dora Bakoyannis told media the same day, after similar consultations ended in Athens.

On Friday after a meeting in Brussels hosted by the U.S. Under-Secretary of State Daniel Fried, the Foreign Ministers from both countries declared their readiness to stay committed to finding a solution to the dispute.

A similar meeting between Greek and Macedonian Foreign Ministers is scheduled for Friday in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana.

Media in Skopje and Athens have speculated that U.S. President George Bush might bring the leaders of the two countries together for a personal last-ditch attempt to resolve the issue. They say this could even happen at the NATO summit but only if considerable progress is made in the ongoing talks by then.

The talks between Athens and Skopje on the long-running row, started after Macedonia agreed to enter the UN under the provisional name, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, FYROM. Both sides agreed to stay in talks pending a permanent solution. Greece is obliged not to block its neighbour’s bid to join international institutions such as NATO and the European Union as long as it uses its provisional name.


MD: And the battle continues into it's last days before the NATO summit, will there be a solution?

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Observations of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on application № 74651/01 before the European Court of Human Rights - Association of citizens “RADKO” and Vladimir Paunkovski (Vladimir Pankov) versus the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
01. On July 17 the, 2007 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) communicated to the Bulgarian Government the application of Association of citizens "RADKO" and Vladimir Paunkovski (Vladimir Pankov) versus the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and forwarded an invitation to the Bulgarian party to intervene as a third party on the case, according to Article 36 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms as the second applicant is a Bulgarian citizens.
02. On August 30 the, 2007 the Bulgarian Government informed the ECHR of its willingness to exercise the right to intervene as a third party on the case.
03. The Bulgarian Government deems that the above application is admissible, grounded and well-founded.

President Gligorov declared on 1995 in a Ceck Journal that in Skopia live 100.000 Greeks (the only Macedonian minority in the country!).

" From the daughter of Deucalion sprang Magnes and Macedon, ancestors of the Magnesians and Macedonians, who are thus represented as cousins of the true Hellenic stock."
(G.P.Goold, Hesiod-Homeric Hymns-Homerica (London: The Loeb Classical Library, 1936 -1995 reprint), p.xxii)

A BIT OF HISTORY, as I know you don't have a lot of knowledge:

Ancient Macedonia Quotes
Diodoros of Sicily 16.95.1-2
"Such was the end of Philip (II, king of Macedonia) ...He had ruled 24 years. He is known to fame as one who with but the slenderest resources to support his claim to a throne won for himself the greatest empire among the Hellenes, while the growth of his position was not due so much to his
prowess in arms as to his adroitness and cordiality in diplomacy."

IT IS BEST FOR YOU ALL, TO READ FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME OF YOUR LIFE A BIT OF HISTORY AS IT IS TAUGHT ALL OVER THE WORLD:

Quotes:
"For I (Alexander I) myself am by ancient descent a Greek, and I would not willingly see Hellas change her freedom for slavery." (Herod. IX, 45, 2 [Loeb])

"Tell your king (Xerxes), who sent you, how his Greek viceroy (Alexander I) of Macedonia has received you hospitably." (Herod. V, 20, 4 [Loeb])



"Now, that these descendants of Perdiccas are Greeks, as they themselves say, I myself chance to know." (Herod. V, 22, 1 [Loeb])


The country by the sea which is now called Macedonia... Alexander, the father of Perdiccas, and his forefathers, who were originally Temenidae from Argos"
(Thucydides 99,3 (Loeb, C F Smith)


"But Alexander (I), proving himself to be an Argive, was judged to be a Greek;
so he contended in the furlong race and ran a dead heat for first place."
(Herod. V, 22, 2)


"The Macedonian people and their kings were of Greek stock, as their traditions and the scanty remains of their language combine to testify."
` {John Bagnell Bury, "A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great", 2nd ed.(1913)

"Clearly, the language of the ancient Macedonians was Greek"
{Prof. John C. Roumans Professor Emeritus of Classics Wisconsin University}

"There is no doubt, that Macedonians were Greeks."
(Robin Lane Fox "Historian-Author" In Interview with newspaper TO BHMA)

"Bulgarian historians say FYROMians are of Bulgarian origin and their language developed from a Bulgarian dialect," which Skopje denies. But Sofia was also the first country to recognize FYROM's independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 and now favours its joining the EU. (August 2006 AFP)

"Every FYROMIAN national who does not claim Albanian or Serbian origin has the right to declare a Bulgarian origin." This is an individual act in accordance with the historical reality of our common ethnic origin,”
According to: Stefan Nikolov of the Agency for Bulgarians Abroad. (August 2006 AFP)

The speech of Alexander I, when he was admitted to the Olympic games
"Men of Athens...
Had I not greatly at heart the common welfare of Hellas I should not have come to tell you; but I am myself Hellene by descent, and I would not willingly see Hellas exchange freedom for slavery....
If you prosper in this war, forget not to do something for my freedom; consider the risk I have run, out of zeal for the Hellenic cause, to acquaint you with what Mardonius intends, and to save you from being surprised by the barbarians.
I am Alexander of Macedon."
(Herodotus, The Histories, 9.45)

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