KARAMANLIS WITH STERN REPLY
Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is about to send a harsh reply to the letter of his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Gruevski regarding his attempt to bring up the Macedonian issue in Greece.
Greek newspapers said on Wednesday that Karamanlis' Cabinet members have already drafted the reply letter to Gruevski. The letter is likely to be posted on Thursday.
The same sources said Karamanlis is set to write a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and notify the European Union and NATO about the matter.
The incoming letter to Macedonian prime minister will express Greece's outrage and strong opposition to bringing-up the issue of recognition of Macedonian minority and restitution of assets of Macedonians who had been expelled from Greece during the Greek civil war.
Gruevski wrote the letter to his Greek counterpart earlier this week, seeking recognition of Macedonian minority and restitution of assets of Macedonian refugees from the Greek civil war. The letter makes the headlines in Greek newspapers.
Elephteros Typos daily says Karamanlis is likely to send a reply letter to Skopje despite the demands from opposition PASOK, which insisted that the reply be sent indirectly through the United Nations.
"Now that he enjoys the U.S. backing, Gruevski is asking a lot in order to get a single thing," Elephteros Typos said.
Ethnos daily describes Gruevski's demands as interference in Greece's domestic affairs.
Kathimerini daily says Athens views as provocation the recent naming of two branches of Macedonian private university in Britain - Alexander and Filip the Macedonian. Athens will submit a note of protest to London soon.
The naming of these two universities outraged the nationalist party LAOS, which urged the Greek government to close the border with Macedonia.