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Greece steadfast on name issue
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09:04, April 03, 2008

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Greece reiterated on Wednesday its steadfast position that no mutually acceptable solution to the name issue with Macedonia would mean no NATO membership invitation to the neighboring country.

Just hours before a crucial North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit opened in Bucharest, with enlargement of the Alliance a top item on the agenda, Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis reiterated that "no solution of the name issue means no invitation," when he spoke to reporters after a final meeting with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis at the government headquarters.

She said that this had been the final preparatory meeting before the summit, as the Prime Minister and the Greek delegation would be leaving in the afternoon for the Romanian capital.

Asked whether a last-minute proposal on the name issue could be expected, Bakoyannis stressed that "I don't think the time margins exist," adding that "we are going (to the Summit) well-prepared, and our argumentation is well-known."

To another question on whether a "trilateral" meeting between U.S., Greek and Macedonia officials would be held on the sidelines of the summit, Bakoyannis said that there was no information to that effect, adding that the Greek position was "crystal-clear," although it possibly did not coincide with the positions of other NATO member countries.


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