The Macedonian Tendency: Radio Free Europe is a Nest of Vampires!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Radio Free Europe is a Nest of Vampires!

David Edenden

Here's Radio Free Europe's take on the "Grosomanidou" affair. It takes a super human strength of will for Radio Free Europe to report on the Macedonian Greek dispute without mentioning the plight of ethnic Macedonians in Greece. These people are vampires who are dedicated to sucking the life blood of Macedonians, including those in Greece, in exchange for the national interest of the US/EU. It's not a pretty sight, but there you go!


The Greek government on July 6 summoned its ambassador to Macedonia back from Skopje to explain comments made to the "Financial Times" in which she appeared to suggest Athens might need to soften its stance in its dispute with Skopje about Macedonia's name.

A Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman, George Koumoutsakos, told local and international journalists that "at this point there is no talk of a recall" for the ambassador, Dora Grosomanidou. Grosomanidou told the July 5 edition of the "Financial Times" that "Greece has to face the new reality, as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has been recognized under its constitutional name by more than half of the members of the United Nations."

Since the breakup of Yugoslavia, Macedonia has been referred to within the UN and other international institutions as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) at the insistence of Greece, which fears that Macedonia harbors unspoken aspirations to the Greek province of the same name. Among the countries that have recognized Macedonia by its constitutional name, the Republic of Macedonia, are three members of the UN Security Council: the United States, Russia, and China.

The longstanding dispute has gained prominence and strength in recent months, as Macedonia is hoping to win an invitation to join NATO in 2008. Though Grosomanidou told the "Financial Times" that "formally, there is no problem for Skopje to become a member of NATO or the EU under the name it has been registered at the UN," FYROM, the Greek government has threatened to veto Macedonia's admission (see "RFE/RL Newsline," May 23, 2007).

A recent poll published in the weekly "To Proto Thema" found that more than 80 percent of Greeks would support a veto if Macedonia sought entry under the name "Macedonia" and 61.5 percent if it tried to enter as the "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." For their part, Macedonians view Greece as the second-largest threat to stability in the Balkans, after the uncertainty about the future of Kosova (see "RFE/RL Newsline," June 28, 2007). AG

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