The political leadership of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has to display a real will for a solution to the name dispute, foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said on Thursday.
The spokesman was replying to a question on whether anything new had arisen during talks with Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis and UN special envoy for the name issue Matthew Nimetz in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Delavekouras said that Greece had made great strides toward a solution of the name issue since the process began, but emphasised that these had not been matched by the other side. The spokesman emphasised that this was recognised by the international community, which was waiting to the FYROM side to take these steps toward a solution.
Both the European Union and NATO had made it clear that a solution must be found, Delavekouras pointed out, adding that Greece support FYROM's EuroAtlantic course and will be its strongers ally in the process once a solution to the name dispute is found.
"However, this has to be based on strong foundations, on good neighbour relations," he said, adding that instead FYROM offered continuous provocation and were also acted divisively within the neighbouring country, such as the erecting of statues of Alexander the Great and other steps that "essentially create a climate that is not conducive to achieving progress."
He called on Skopje to change its stance and repeated Greece's position in favour of a solution with a geographic determinant for all purposes (erga omnes), noting that otherwise the present situation will be perpetuated and the decisions of the Security Council and the interim agreement between the two countries will continue to be violated.
"We cannot continue along these lines. We must arrive at a solution that allows us to truly develop the dynamic of our relations," he said.