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Kotzias: Without name change, FYROM cannot hope for EU and NATO membership

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, at a press conference following his meeting with Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov, publicly reiterated the Greek positions that Macedonia cannot hope for membership into NATO and the EU without changing the name.

Kotzias said that FYROM’s membership into NATO and the EU can only be achieved by finding a compromise on the name and signing a new agreement with the UN.

“As for the FYROM, if the country so wishes, we want it to become a member of both NATO and the EU and, as I said, this can be achieved by finding a compromise on the name issue and signing a new agreement with the United Nations (UN), then go to Brussels and publish that new agreement and introduce Brussels institutions with that new agreement,” Kotzias said answering the question of whether they will support Macedonia’s membership into NATO under the provisional reference FYROM.

With this answer, Kotzias practically directly rejected the expectations from the Macedonian side that a NATO admission under the interim reference was possible, which was presented by Zoran Zaev last week in Brussels.

Greece categorically states that Macedonia’s membership into the EU and NATO will not be possible with the reference, but with a new UN agreement for a new name.