11 July, 2008
Athens on Thursday was called on to comment on the latest eyebrow-raising quips out of Skopje regarding the still unresolved "name dispute" separating Greece and the neighbouring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), with the government spokesman merely reiterated that ongoing talks under UN auspices involve one and only thing: a mutually acceptable solution to the 17-year-old "name issue".
"Negotiations are taking place with a specific objective, and whoever attempts to create impressions that something else is being discussed will have no luck whatsoever," spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said during a regular press briefing in the Greek capital.
Recent press reports out of the landlocked one-time former Yugoslav republic cited unprecedented statements by Skopje officials, including FM Antonio Milososki, referring to "restitution" of property and political rehabilitation of FYROM citizens that fled Greece during the Greek civil war (1946-1949), a development Athens flatly rejected as "unfounded" and utterly unrelated to the UN talks.
Source: Athens News Agency