Macedonia Begs Greece to Let It Start EU Accession Talks

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Bulgaria: Macedonia Begs Greece to Let It Start EU Accession Talks Macedonian Foreign Minister Milososki (left) with Greek PM Papandreou during an OSCE meeting in Athens in 2009. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki has sent a letter to his Greek counterpart Dimitris Droutsas pleading for Greece to lift its objections to Macedonia's starting EU accession talks.

The letter submitted by Milososki to Droutsas does not mention the notorious name dispute between Macedonia and Greece, which is the reason Greece vetoed Macedonia's NATO accession in 2008, and has been hindering the start of Macedonia's EU accession talks.

Greece is the reason Macedonia is listed in the UN not as "the Republic of Macedonia" but as "the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; as the administrative region in Northern Greece is also called Macedonia, Greece is concerned that recognizing its northern neighbor under the same name would fuel territorial claims. EU and US efforts for mediating and resolving the name dispute have failed over the intransigence of the two parties.

In his letter to Droutsas, Milososki technically asks the Greek Foreign Minister for support for Macedonia's EU bid in light of the coming meetings of the Council of the European Union and the European Council.

He reminds that the European Commission has confirmed in the 2010 Enlargement Package the recommendation for starting accession negotiations with Macedonia.

Here is the full text of Milososki letter to Droutsas as published in English by the Macedonian Information Center:

Skopje, 1 December 2010

Dear colleague,

I avail myself of this opportunity, in the light of the upcoming meetings of the EU Council and the European Council in December 2010, to ask for your support for the adoption of a decision for start of accession negotiations of the EU with the Republic of Macedonia.

As you know, in the 2010 Enlargement Package the European Commission renewed its recommendation for opening of accession negotiations with my country, recognizing our achievements in the past year and reaffirming that we remain ready to face the challenges of the next stage of the accession process.

My country has been qualified for start of accession negotiations for two consecutive years and has been a candidate country without opening accession talks for five full years. This situation is unsustainable both for a candidate country that will next month establish full trade association with the EU under the Stabilization and Association Agreement as well as for the credibility of the EU and its enlargement policy.

Republic of Greece as the oldest member state of the European Union in our region and declared friend of the enlargement policy, through the Thessaloniki Agenda and today with the initiative Agenda 2014/2018, could significantly contribute to the revitalization of the European integration of the whole region. Your support to the adoption of a decision to start the accession negotiations with the Republic of Macedonia will create the necessary political impetus to this end. With such a step, we together will also stimulate the necessary positive climate of confidence in our mutual relations for permanently resolving the remaining bilateral difference with a sustainable solution acceptable for the both countries and peoples, in the interest of the regional and European stability and prosperity.

Please accept, dear colleague, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Antonio Milo?oski

His Excellency
Mr. Dimitris DROUTSAS
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Hellenic Republic

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mavro from australia - 7 Dec 2010 // 05:08:34

It's just more money down the toilet.
Of course Greece's neighbours want that big fat crava with the oversized uterus.
They are even more pathetic come tax time.

Seedy - 5 Dec 2010 // 12:19:15

C'mon - it's simple, you bunch of d*ckheads!

Does the EU need a joke state run by gangsters as a member or has it got enough of those already?

I certainly don't need to waste my hard-earned money on propping up another basket-case.....

mavro from australia - 5 Dec 2010 // 01:37:04

That state that's trying to be recognised as the Republic of Macedonia.
Did in the 1990's say that the Ancient Macedonians had nothing to do with
them and they were really the decendents of Slav speaking peoples.
Those people that who said that were either assasinated or there were
attempted assisinations. This doesn't look good in terms of regional security
historically fascism starts when a group of fanactics shoot at their own.

kostis - 4 Dec 2010 // 21:57:06

I also heard that the famous Mambutu and Magyabuanhulu tribes in Congo didn't dispute also on a silly name... Why should they? Just because Magyanbuanhulu is a name of transnational recognition and heavy historical capital? Naah...they don't do these things in Congo..

tubo - 4 Dec 2010 // 19:05:32

Stupid Greeks!

sasquatch - 4 Dec 2010 // 19:04:25

You guys are missing the picture.
The problem goes beyond the name. The Fyromanians or Macedonians are trying to steal ancient history. They Claim Alexander the Great is theirs. Now, they are going as far as stating Cleopatra is theirs.
The Greek government has stop acting like f@cking babies and show more of an effort in compromising a solution to the name.

DrFaust - 4 Dec 2010 // 16:14:32


by the way, don't the French take their name (France) from the German tribe of the Franks? I want them to change the name of their country! LOL

And don't certain people call themselves 'Anglosaxons'. They got no approval for that from the German tribes of the Saxons and Angles. I demand they change their name or get out of the NATO!


DrFaust - 4 Dec 2010 // 16:10:37


'Not a good example to make a point with'.

It is an excellent example, but you seem not to understand my point because you are obviously not aware of the following:

There is a province 'Luxembourg' that is part of Belgium. This province is much bigger than the independent country Luxemburg. So this is EXACTLY the same situation like with Macedonia/Greece.

The difference: Belgium didn't demand from Luxemburg to change its name when it became member of NATO and EWG.

Greece has no moral right to ask from Macedonia to change its name. Especially not when I think about how they got in the Eurozone, and how they cheated on all European countries all over these years.

mavro from australia - 4 Dec 2010 // 15:32:07

You mean to say that if Luxemburg wasn't in NATO all of Western Europe would
be under Warsaw Pact occupation right now. Luxemberg a place that almost doesn't exist. Not a good example to make a point with.

DrFaust - 4 Dec 2010 // 10:26:04

According to that logic (Macedonia has to add a geographic term in order not to mix it with the Greek province) Luxemburg must be excluded from EU ans NATO.

But it seems Belgium is not so stupid like Greece.

mavro from australia - 4 Dec 2010 // 05:08:35

The European Union to the glorious people of Greece. Open letter.
" Dear founders of democracy and Western civilisation.
Start f#&king paying tax!!".
Yours Sincerely
That big fat cow you 've been milking.

Nellieherself - 4 Dec 2010 // 00:48:38


With all due respect, shouldn't Greece be worried about paying down its debt rather than the name MACEDONIA?

Mat - 4 Dec 2010 // 00:44:46

Which presupposes that the Greeks have a right over the name Macedonia, which they don't. As a NATO country, the stated fear of the Greeks that the formerly Yugoslav bit of Macedonia will make territorial claims against them is frankly ludicrous. The biggest problem here is that the Greeks are too stubborn and the Macedonians too stupid. Or the other way around, it doesn't matter because here's news for you - NO-ONE CARES

Dino the Athenian - 4 Dec 2010 // 00:36:16

All Greece is asking is for the name of Macedonia to incorporate a geographical reference.

For example, Northern Macedonia for FYROM.

So that it does not get confused with the Greek province of Macedonia (the southern part) which is the majority of the entire space considered as Macedonia anyway.

Is this so much to ask?

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