FYROM recog­ni­tion ‘fool­ish’

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Ser­bia acted “fool­ishly” and dealt Greece a “slap in the face” by rec­og­niz­ing the For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia (FYROM) un­der the name “Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia,” the coun­try’s for­eign min­is­ter has said. Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with Beta news agency on Mon­day, Ser­bian For­eign Min­is­ter Ivica Dacic said that Bel­grade was wrong to sup­port FYROM’s de­mand that it be called the “Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia” – which Greece ob­jects to on the grounds that it im­plies ter­ri­to­rial claims over the north­ern Greek re­gion of Mace­do­nia – as the neigh­bor­ing coun­try then went on to rec­og­nize Kosovo af­ter it claimed in­de­pen­dence from Ser­bia in 2008. “All of Europe and the world uses the name For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia but we went and gave our brothers the Greeks a slap in the face and now ex­pect them not to rec­og­nize Kosovo,” Dacic said. “We rec­og­nized ‘Mace­do­nia,’ in­sult­ing the Greeks, and now they [Skopje] al­ways vote in fa­vor of Kosovo. I have to say that we acted fool­ishly, to use an undiplo­matic term.”

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