GRUEVSKI: CRVENKOVSKI MISSED HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY
President Branko Crvenkovski has missed a great chance during his stay in New York to find a solution to the name row with Greece, considering that many significant figures, connected with the dispute, were there and expressed will to that effect, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said on Thursday.
- We have been rather hopeful that Crvenkovski will work out some benefits at his meetings there in regard to the name and maybe mange to come to a solution as all significant figures were in New York, i.e. Matthew Nimetz, Daniel Fried, Dora Bakoyannis, Condoleezza Rice, Antonio Milososki. I believed that Crvenkovski would not miss such a historic chance to talk and come to a solution, which will be offered to a referendum. Unfortunately, I have realized that this was not his idea. I did not know that his idea was to meet the Presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, which is correct, but I thought that such gathering could have been used as a historic chance, so that we (Macedonia) may soon join NATO and commence the EU entry talks, Gruevski said.
The Prime Minister also has no idea why Crvenkovski refused to meet Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, who at the meeting with her Macedonian counterpart Antonio Milososki expressed readiness to discuss a possible settlement with the President.
Gruevski also fails to understand why Crvenkovski was telling to Heads of State and Government, in particular those who are to decide on the matter, to address negotiator Nikola Dimitrov, when he - the person with full constitutional authority to discuss the matter was there.
The Government's position on the issue is well-known and reiterated on numerous occasions, Gruevski said, pointing out that Crvenkovski is also familiar with it.
- He has had many meetings there. He wanted to be alone at some of those meetings, so we do not know what was discussed. I hope that he will inform us about the talks and motives for such secret encounters upon his returning, Gruevski told reporters.
Gruevski said that the name row settlement depended on the course of negotiations and the other involved party.