Name row and NATO ‘pri­or­i­ties’ for FYROM

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Two chief pri­or­i­ties of the new coali­tion gov­ern­ment in the For­mer Yu­goslav Re­pub­lic of Mace­do­nia (FYROM) are the res­o­lu­tion of a long-stand­ing dis­pute with Greece over the Balkan state’s of­fi­cial name and the coun­try’s ac­ces­sion to NATO with the acro­nym FYROM, the head of the coali­tion’s ju­nior part­ner, eth­nic Al­ba­nian Ali Ah­meti, has told Kathimerini in an in­ter­view.

Re­solv­ing the name dis­pute is “one of the big­gest pri­or­i­ties,” Ah­meti said. “We are neigh­bors and our com­mon fu­ture is the Euro­pean Union. Greece must be the torch-bearer that will lead us too into the EU,” he said, adding that the coun­try could join NATO with the acro­nym FYROM be­fore talks re­sume on re­solv­ing the name dis­pute.

“A step must be taken for things to start mov­ing,” he said. “We must take into con­sid­er­a­tion geopo­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments and work harder for the ac­ces­sion of the Western Balkans as that will ben­e­fit us all,” he added.

Ah­meti said his coun­try had no max­i­mal­ist in­ten­tions against Greece. “I want to state cat­e­gor­i­cally that Skopje does not have any ter­ri­to­rial de­mands against Greece and to re­as­sure Athens that Greece will face no threat from its north­ern neigh­bor,” he said.

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