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Regarding the recent statements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece and referring to the discussions on the name difference under the auspices of the UN Secretary General, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia categorically denies that the declared Greek position for finding a solution for overall use (erga omnes) is based on existing and applicable international law, and that the use of the constitutional name of Republic of Macedonia in the stated contexts in the statements presents a violation of international law.

In that sense, the Ministry points to the UNSC Resolution 817 (1993) that notes a difference regarding the name of the state – a difference that needs to be overcome in the interest of maintenance of peaceful and good-neighbourly relations in the region. Furthermore, S/RES/817 (1993) foresees a manner in which Republic of Macedonia will be provisionally referred to within the framework of the United Nations.

The Ministry additionally refers to the legal interpretation of the Resolution contained in the verdict issued by the International Court of Justice on 5th December 2011. Pursuant to that, this practice of usage of the constitutional name of Republic of Macedonia, including the establishment of diplomatic relations and reference to the Republic of Macedonia by other countries, does not present, in any way, a violation of international law.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminds that the International Court of Justice unambiguously stated that Greece is the one that disrespects the international law by violating its obligation stipulated in Article 11, paragraph 1 of the Interim Agreement (1995). Pursuant to this Agreement Greece should not block the admission of Republic of Macedonia into the international organizations and institutions.

The Republic of Macedonia will continue to participate actively, with good faith and in the spirit of good-neighbourly relations in the discussion with Greece and within the process under the auspices of UN in order to find a solution to the name difference – a solution that will be in accordance with the principles and norms of international law.

On the other hand, public declarations of uncompromising, red political lines and negotiating positions does not reflect an existence of good will and readiness for democratic dialogue, and also, a contradiction of arguments in order to find a solution only points tohow much this issue remains determined bycertain internal political and democratic deficits within Greece.