MACEDONIAN MINORITY - ''NON-EXISTENT ISSUE"
Greece called the issue of the Macedonian minority "non-existent and ungrounded", reaffirming the long-standing of its denial and non-recognition.
This is the first reaction of the official Athens, after Macedonian side demanded to include in the name talks the issue of the rights and restitution of properties of the expelled Macedonians from Greece after the civil war.
"An unfortunate attempt to create a non-existent and ungrounded issue," the spokesman of the Greek Foreign Ministry Yorgos Koumoutsakos said, commenting the statements of the government in Skopje about the Macedonian minority in northern Greece.
Koumoutsakos described the statements of the Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki as "ungrounded, unqualified and ungrounded attempt to make an impression" from the Macedonian side.
Koumoutsakos sees the issue of minority as part of the series of unacceptable statements coming from the Macedonian side.
For the Greeks, the only goal in the name talks is to reach "a mutually acceptable solution on the name issue."