IVANOV: GREECE NEEDS TO CHANGE BEHAVIOR TOWARDS NEIGHBOURS
President Gjorge Ivanov believes the replacement of the ones responsible for the chanting of anti-Macedonian and anti-Albanian slogans at the military parade in Athens is not sufficient, but that Greece needs to change its attitude towards neighbors.
"This is worrying, because an EU and NATO member-state still has security forces that produce hate speech", said Tuesday President Ivanov while taking part in campaign "Tree Day" in Veles.
Ivanov spoke with Albanian counterpart Bamir Topi regarding the incident in Athens.
"Unfortunately, this is not the first time that members of the security forces use hate speech in front of Greece's top officials. The feelings of both Macedonians and Albanians have been hurt this time. The talk with President Topi focused on the concern regarding these developments, which do not happen for the first time", added Ivanov.
According to him, at a time when we all expect unity and embracing of European standards and values, such events raise concerns.
"It is not enough that those who did it are replaced. I believe it is not a time for replacement, but a change, a change of Greece's attitude towards neighbors. This is what we expect from them", underlined President Gjorge Ivanov.