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Cyprus President condemns US initiative to recognize FYROM
2004-11-05 10:08:02

by Maria Koniotou

Brussels, Nov 4 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has condemned a US initiative to recognize the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) under the name of ''Republic of Macedonia'', saying it was unfortunate.

Speaking in Brussels, where he attends the European Union summit, he said such a move was contrary to the prevailing climate in Europe, one of consensus and mutually acceptable solutions.

''This is unfortunate and unexpected. Apparently Washington's decision was a kind of reward for FYROM's contribution to the war in Iraq. I believe it creates problems,'' he said, adding that the timing of the announcement was a surprise especially because Greece had intensified its efforts, through UN help, to start negotiations on the matter.

He said this was ''contrary to the prevailing climate in Europe, a climate of consensus and mutually accepted solutions to such issues.''

President Papadopoulos noted that the announcement was made the day after US President George Bush was re-elected for a second term in office.

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