MILOSOSKI: GREECE HAS A HIDDEN AGENDA
Greece's position to block Macedonia's NATO integration is irrational, due to its fear that the name implies pretensions towards their northern province, says FM Milososki in an interview with "Bloomberg".
"The name is not the goal of the problem imposed by Greece. Athens' hidden agenda is to undermine our national identity", assesses Milososki.
According to him, Macedonia has demonstrated readiness for compromise by changing its flag and Constitution, and it is up to Greece to make the next step.
"Greece should make a move showing that it has nothing against stable and prosperous Macedonia, integrated in NATO and EU", he says.
Milososki adds that Macedonia would accept a compromise name for bilateral use, a proposal that Athens refuses.
FM Milososki expects the country to obtain a date for beginning of EU accession talks in 2009.
"We are not less ready than other countries on that road", he underlines.
"Bloomberg" refers to the name issue background, saying that more than 100 countries, among which USA, Russia, China, Great Britain and Canada, recognize Macedonia's constitutional name, whereas Greece, along with a smaller group of countries that include France and Germany address the country with interim reference.
"Several proposals for settlement of the row were tabled in recent years, the ones most mentioned being 'Republic of Macedonia (Skopje)' and 'Republic of Northern Macedonia', but were refused by one or the other party", says "Bloomberg".