Interviews and Speeches

Interview of MFA Poposki for “Faktor”
Journalist: Gorazd Chomovski
January 25, 2015


Faktor: EU is restless in view of the possible victory of Syriza. The reason for this is that the party leader Tsipras announced that as a future prime minister he would stop the policy of savings and reforms in Greece. Can this add fuel to the Euro-crisis and are these fears justified:
MFA Poposki: The economic recovery is still not completed in part of the European economies. The fear of the Greek instability is justified. However, the possibility for this to shake the Euro-zones is limited. The bigger economies in EU are in better shape unlike the period of the debt crisis and the financial crisis despite the fact that the road to stability is a long one. Whoever leads Greece in the following period will take care not to shake the pillars on which the Greek economy is resting. Undoubtedly, EU is one of the factors for the long-term prosperity of our neighbour, as well as our whole region.
Faktor: If the current Prime Minister and Leader of the New Democracy Andonis Samaras is considered the creator of the name dispute, does this mean that Syriza will have bigger political will to be more courageous in finding a solution for the naming dispute?
MFA Poposki: The key is the energy that will be devoted to the foreign policy issues. Whoever leads Greece, if they do not see the interest to deal with issues beyond the economic reforms and the social difficulties, it will not be easy to attract the attention.
Faktor: On one occasion you said: “Syriza was actually a party that did not misuse the naming dispute for the domestic policy. But I believe that we cannot conclude anything before a new Government is established in Greece, no matter which one it is”. What is needed to change the matrix on their side if we take into consideration that behind the red lines there is a wide consensus?
MFA Poposki: Two things should be changed. First, they should changed the opinion that since they have supremacy regarding the NATO and EU membership, they can ignore the law and to brutally abuse the fundamental democratic rights of another nation. Second, they should stop playing on the card not to resolve this imaginary dispute in order to destabilize a neighbour, because this does not benefit the party that is implementing this strategy.
Faktor: Do the state and governmental officials consider changing the negotiations form after the establishment of a new Government in Athens? If Nimetz’s efforts did not give results until now, how much can Brussels influence Athens to show readiness for a compromise? The Macedonian Government is constantly asking for respect of the international law in view of the obligations that were undertaken with the Interim Agreement. How much will wait for Greece to acknowledge the verdict of the International Court of Justice and will you reconsider the possibility to address the UN Security Council?
MFA Poposki: It is of great importance for Greece to really want to resolve the dispute. No matter what form is used, if there is no will, the results will not change. We affirm the law because it is in our interest. There is no such crisis in the South. The Court, the Council or another party. They impose a language, the language of supremacy: we do this to you; we use the blockades because we can, and the others may sit and watch because we are inside and we can do this. The frustration is not very helpful in these situations. We need to be wise, persistent and fully focused on the things that depend on us. This is a world where the power goes beyond the law. But, when one is right, they can persevere. We will fight for the democratic and fundamental human rights that every country and nation should enjoy according to the UN Charter. It only remains to see if Greece will perceive the mutual benefit.