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KARAMANLIS WITH STERN REPLY



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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.


[Makfax]

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Mr. Prime Minister,

As you are aware for the last fifteen years Greece and your country, pursuant to the relevant decisions of the UN Security Council, have committed themselves to negotiations in the framework of the United Nations regarding the name issue which "needs to be resolved in the interest of the maintenance of peaceful and good neighbourly relations in the region? as stipulated by the Security Council in Resolution 817.

In the past few weeks the Special Envoy of the United Nations Mr. Matthew Nimetz presented some ideas that could move the negotiations forward. I regret that it is precisely at this critical moment in the negotiating effort that you have chosen to send your letter dated July 10th, 2008.

I take this opportunity to underline Greece's firm commitment to the promotion of friendly and good relations with all its neighbouring countries, especially with the countries of the Western Balkans, and the creation of the necessary conditions that will allow them to join, in the near future, the Euro-Atlantic and European families.

Greece, since 1993 has demonstrated good will, under the auspices of the U.N., to find a mutually acceptable solution on the name issue, which would take into consideration the legitimate interests and sensitivities of both our countries. This is within the mandate of the relevant U.N. Security Council Resolutions, but also the wish of all countries participating in the Euro-Atlantic and European institutions as was also unequivocally stated in the Bucharest NATO Summit and in the EU European Council in Brussels respectively.

Mr. Prime Minister, your letter far from promoting the negotiations and the good neighbourly relations with my country raises a number of non-existent and unsubstantiated issues that militate against the strenuous efforts made by Greece .It also aims at interfering in the domestic affairs of a neighbouring state and deviates from the objectives of the ongoing negotiations.

There is no "Macedonian" minority in Greece. There never has been. In this respect, any allegations regarding the existence of such a minority are totally unfounded, politically motivated and disrespectful of the historic realities of the Region. As for any properties issue, any individual could make use of any legal recourse before the Courts, including the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Mr. Prime Minister, Times have changed. I am convinced that the future of the Balkan countries lies within the European and Euroatlantic institutions and not in nationalist formulas of a bygone era which must be left behind once and for all. Greece remains firmly committed to working towards that goal.

History judges leaders by how they rise to the challenge and assume their responsibilities. Much will depend on your positive attitude and constructive spirit.

HERE YOU GO AGAAIN GIALTOUTIDIS, YOU NEVER CHECK IF THE WATER IS DEEP ENOUGH TO DIVE IN. I THINK YOU SHOUL RE THINK THROUGH YOUE COMMENTS BEFORE PUTTING THEM ON THIS 'MACEDONIAN 'SITE AND YES I SAID 'MACEDONIAN' NOT GREEK. YOU ALSO BETTER GO SEEK THE MISSING MACEDONIANS IN GREECE THAT YOUR NATIONALISTIC COUNTRY KEEPS CLAIMING IS NO WHERE INGREECE ???


FUCK ME WHERE DID THEY GO???
MUST BE MAGIC THEY DISSAPPEARED INTO THIN AIR?????

Help me find them Anonymous. Maybe we can find some Martians too while we're at it. You claim some ethnic minority in Greece but you refuse to tell us where they are. Well, Einstein, if you're so sure they exist, show us where they are.

Gialtouridis: you are so brainwashed you must be on mars yourself.

Still can't tell us where they are. Even President Crvenkovski is criticizing Gruevski for his conduct.

they exist i been there myself .. every 1 speaks macedonian in Aegean Macedonia!

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