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ND leader turns down invitation from FYROM PM

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.?