GREEK TROOPS WITH INVALID DOCUMENTS
KFOR Greek contingent, which tried to enter in the Republic of Macedonia on Tuesday, possessed national travel orders in Greek language, and a list of people and equipment which did not correspond to the factual state. This is contrary to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) on movement of such NATO military convoys, said Wednesday Foreign Ministry Spokesman Vasko Andonovski.
"According to SOFA, the troops must possess a NATO travel order and appropriate documents, but Macedonian competent bodies determined yesterday that soldiers had national travel orders in Greek language, and a list of people and equipment which did not correspond to the factual state. Therefore, the reactions coming from Greek institutions are surprising", added Andonovski.
Andonovski said, "We expected the Greek reaction, taking into account the neighbor's practice to present Macedonia as the side that initiates problems, even in cases when reality and facts demonstrate the opposite".
He said that a Foreign Ministry official has already informed NATO representatives on the case.
"NATO officials have confirmed this is disrespect of entry procedure. Therefore, the case, which is not even a case, is closed", stressed the Foreign Ministry Spokesman.
The KFOR contingent of Greek troops arrived at the Macedonia-Greece border on Tuesday morning, but was denied entry by authorities. After border officers explained the procedure, the KFOR contingent decided to return to Greece upon consultations with their superiors.