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Greek MFA: People who were refusing to negotiate about name now will not allow government to be formed

Nikos Kotzias; Photo: Flickr, Greek MFA

meta_maliSKOPJE – The chief of the Greek diplomacy, Nikos Kotzias, sent a harsh message to Macedonia that the irredentism towards Greece is blocking the country’s European perspective. Talking about the Greek foreign policy at the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, Kotizas stressed that part of the name dispute are the problematic irredentistic tendencies that the country is showcasing with the request of the name Macedonia, Meta reports.

-The problem with the name doesn’t come from a quarrel about someone’s baptizing, but it is connected to the irredentism and this irredentism means even disputing the borders of one region and a country with such irredentism cannot be integrated into modern Europe – said Kotzias.

The problem with Macedonia and with the other Balkan countries as well, according to Kotizas, is the lack of a culture of compromises both inside the country and in its foreign policy including a lack of understanding of the essence of democracy and the rule that a minority may become a majority. He objected that those that refuse to negotiate with Greece about a crucial solution for the name issue are the same that don’t want to allow the majority in the Macedonian parliament to form a government.

-A democracy is not only a democracy of the majority. In Ancient Greece, there was a problem when one majority created a mechanism to remain a constant majority without being an actual majority and that can lead to a tyranny of the majority – said Kotzias.

According to him, due to the measures of building a trust, the relations between the two side are intensified.

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