MACEDONIA TO CONTINUE THE TALKS
Macedonia stands ready to resume the talks with Greece in order to reach a mutually acceptable compromise on the name issue, which would not endanger its identity.
Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski stated this today during a meeting with the visiting US Permanent Representative to NATO, Victoria Nuland, his Cabinet announced.
"The compromise should enable integration in NATO and start of accession talks with EU, but it should by no means bring into question the national cultural and linguistic identity," the announcement says.
Ambassador Nuland on her part conveyed that the incumbent US Administration is fully committed to support Macedonia's efforts toward integration in the Euro-Atlantic structures.
She also stressed the importance of Macedonia's active participation in the negotiating process under UN auspice.
President Crvenkovski also held talks today with the Director of the General Secretariat with the Council of the European Union, Stefan Lehne, which were focused on the current political situation in the country.
"Lehne said that Macedonia should define its priorities and raised concerns that the initiatives for holding early elections might stall Euro-Atlantic processes of the country," the Cabinet of President Crvenkovski announced.
MD: This is wrong by the Macedonian government, they should not continue the talks after the veto was issued. But of course the government is under huge international pressure.