Greek pres­i­dent crit­i­cizes Skopje over name dis­pute

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Greek Pres­i­dent Karo­los Papou­lias yes­ter­day urged the govern­ment of the For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia (FY­ROM) to drop its in­tran­si­gence and ide­ol­ogy of “Make­donism” with re­gard to an on­go­ing name dis­pute with Greece. Speak­ing to the Poli­tika news­pa­per in Bel­grade to­ward the end of an of­fi­cial two-day visit that started Mon­day, Papou­lias also ex­pressed Greece’s sup­port for Ser­bia’s Euro­pean Union ac­ces­sion. Ser­bia and its for­mer prov­ince of Kosovo ex­changed en­voys for the first time since the war in the late 1990s on Mon­day, while the EU lead­er­ship will de­cide at an up­com­ing sum­mit whether suf­fi­cient progress has been made by both coun­tries in their ef­forts to get closer to mem­ber­ship of the bloc. Greece op­poses the use of the name “Mace­do­nia” by FY­ROM, ar­gu­ing that it is a ter­ri­to­rial ap­pro­pri­a­tion of the name of the north­ern Greek prov­ince as well as a claim to the legacy of Alexan­der the Great. Ac­cord­ing to Papou­lias, the new name “should be a name with a ge­o­graph­i­cal qual­i­fier for all pur­poses.”

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