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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-21

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  • [01] Papandreou sends message to FYROM

  • [01] Papandreou sends message to FYROM

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou on Thursday sent a message to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) while speaking at an event held on the occasion of the Battle of Kilkis anniversary. The Battle of Kilkis-Lahanas in northern Greece took place during the Second Balkan War between Greece and Bulgaria for the town of Kilkis. The Greek army defeated the Bulgarians in a battle that lasted three days from June 19 to June 21 in 1913.

    Papandreou stated that Greece wants good relations with FYROM but its Euro-Atlantic prospect is uncertain if no solution on the name issue is reached in a mutually acceptable way. He referred both to FYROM and Turkey saying that their EU accession is not just a matter of EU enlargement but also concerns adherence to EU principles and values on their part.

    He also referred to Greater FYROM aspirations on behalf of Skopje and to Turkey‚s threats targeting territorial integrity referring to Cyprus stressing that when Greece becomes the target of threats it relies on the effectiveness of the Greek armed forces and diplomacy.

    Papandreou added that the course of the Balkan region countries toward the EU is an important element for Greece, and used Bulgaria as an example stating that it used to be Greece‚s enemy during the Balkan Wars and now is an EU partner.

    Papandreou laid a wreath at the war memorial and together with his brother Nikos visited the tomb of Nikolaos Papandreou, their grandfather‚s brother who was killed in the battle.

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