Former PM Simitis calls for a solution to FYROM name issue “for the sake of national interest”

Greek national interest requires that a solution be found over the FYROM name issue, based on the Interim Accord signed between the two countries in 1995, former Prime Minister Costas Simitis said on Tuesday.

In a statement, Simitis said: “Greece’s prosperity depends on its good communication with its Balkan neighbours; this is what history shows. Therefore, for the sake of national interest it’s obligatory that a solution be found in the outstanding issue weighing on our relationship with FYROM. Current circumstances offer the possibility of success, as long as there is serious and responsible negotiation, based on the Interim Accord. Political will, a sense of responsibility, and informed patriotism must be set against nationalism and populism.”