FYROM President Gjorge Ivanov is blaming Greece again for failure to settle on a name for his country and is pressing for membership in the European Union and NATO.
Ivanov is apparently attempting to find some way to get around Greece’s veto power that has kept his country, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, from getting into the key blocs.
Until the countries settle on what a name should be – negotiations have been going on for more than two decades with not a single step of progress – FYROM can’t get into NATO or the EU, despite pressure from the United States and the United Nations for a settlement.
Ivanov urged the EU to start accession talks that have been blocked since FYROM became a candidate in 2005 due to the name row with Greece.
“I demand the international community, the EU and NATO get involved with the greatest seriousness and unlock our Euro-Atlantic integration,” he said.
Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Constantinos Koutras said FYROM should instead focus on “serious problems… that have to do with the functioning of rule of law… respect for the principle of good-neighborly relations, and the country’s democratic deficit… rather than looking for scapegoats and blaming others for the impasse in their Euro-Atlantic perspective.”
There’s no sign of any movement on the name talks that have foiled a long line of diplomats from both countries and the international community.