Hoping for a compromise

Of course you will have been following the dispute between Greece and FYROM over the latter’s name. In your view, is this a bilateral issue or a problem for the broader region that might develop, maintaining tension in an environment that needs stability? Of course, it is a bilateral issue on a diplomatic and technical level. But undoubtedly every bilateral issue in a region or world that is moving toward integration has repercussions on others. In that sense, Albania is keenly interested in seeing a compromise achieved. We think there is potential for a compromise and that it is in the interests of the region to achieve one. Are you afraid that this dispute might have repercussions that could affect Albania’s accession to NATO in April? I don’t think Albania can be punished because of a dispute between two other countries that has nothing to do with Albania. But there is something. It is in the interests of Greece and Albania for FYROM to become a NATO member; and the stability of FYROM is precious to us. That is the truth. In that respect, I wish and hope that a compromise will be found. That must be our aim.

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