New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras (photo) on Saturday rejected an invitation by the prime minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, for a meeting to discuss the ongoing name dispute between the two Balkan neighbors, saying in a letter released to the media, ?I do not believe such a meeting would presently be advantageous.?
Samaras, who heads the second-largest party in the tripartite coalition and is leading opinion polls, accused FYROM of placing ?obstacles? to United Nations-mediated talks.
Responding on Monday, Gruevski said that Samaras?s stance was ?the most extreme ever expressed by the Greek side.?