Newsweek….. ερώτηση προς τον Σκοπιανό ΥΠΕΞ
For Greeks and Macedonians this question over your country’s name is explosive. Why?
Antonio Milososki: I think it is the first time that a big country like Greece is pressing its smaller neighbor to give up its right to its constitutional national name. Why? Well that is not easy to answer. The Greek side is claiming they have the name Macedonia as a province name in northern Greece. They renamed this province in 1988, and the Republic of Macedonia existed in [what was then] Yugoslavia, and no one disputed our name whatsoever. But I think it is not about the name but about the Macedonian minority living in Greece. Greece is one of the rare countries of the EU that does not recognize the phrase «minority rights.» They still have a concept of a pure nation—one state, one nation, one religion, one culture, everything Greek. And they do not want to recognize that in Greece there is a big Turkish minority, a big Albanian minority and one small Macedonian minority. So the name issue started in 1991 because they were afraid independent Macedonia would somehow influence this minority rights issue in Greece. Therefore they insisted that Macedonia change its name. It is very undemocratic and very un-European. For example, you have a Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as a state and a three-times bigger province in neighboring Belgium with the same name, yet no one makes a dispute out of it.
Τώρα, τί να του απαντήσεις του παιντιού ; Είπαμε,να το δούμε λίγο το θέμα, αλλά μη το τραβάμε το σχοινί μ αυτό τον τρόπο. Κατανοούμε τα εσωτερικά προβλήματα των Σκοπίων ενοψει μάλιστα των εκλογών τους, αλλά μήπως το παρατραβάνε; Και μην ακούσω ότι λογικό είναι, αφού έχουν τη στηριξη των ΗΠΑ….