BAKOYANNIS: GRUEVSKI AWAKENS NATIONALISM
Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis blamed the Macedonian government of nationalist policy, saying it doesn't want to work out a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue.
In her speech at the Brookings Institution, on the theme "Collective Security in the 21st century: Building New Bridges?" Bakoyannis blamed the government in Skopje of awakening the Balkan ghosts.
"For us there is no doubt that the only way forward is full membership in the EU and NATO for the whole of South East Europe. Greece, as the oldest EU and NATO member in the region, feels a heightened responsibility to assist its neighbors on their road to progress through the necessary change and reform," Bakoyannis said.
"As regards the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in the past couple of years a number of worrying signals have been coming from Skopje. The government of Nikola Gruevski appears to have chosen the road of nationalism, awakening Balkan ghosts. The forthcoming presidential elections this March will be another key test. Particularly since last June’s parliamentary elections were mired with violence and voting irregularities."
"As you probably know, Greece has been in negotiations, under the auspices of the UN, for years with the FYROM over its name. Despite our good will and our sincere efforts, these negotiations have not been successful so far. We hope that the government in Skopje will meet us half-way and agree on a win-win solution," Bakoyannis said.