EFA is appalled by the recent statements of the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos regarding the Macedonian people and the absurd dispute Greece has created over the name of another sovereign country.
Mr. Pavlopoulos was quoted to say that “…those who doubt the Greek-ness (!) of Macedonia are making a fool of themselves” and that “Macedonia is and will remain Greek (!)”.
Such words of irredentism and intolerance are not only unacceptable and completely unworthy of an EU statesman in the 21st century but they also contravene essential common sense. Everyone knows that there is a large number of ethnic Macedonians residing in the Greek part of Macedonia and that there is an independent country called Republic of Macedonia in Greece’s northern border.
It is very disheartening to find out that the “new” political establishment in Greece is closely following the footsteps of its predecessors by walking away from UN conferences only because the Republic of Macedonia is there under its constitutional name and by denying the mere existence of the Macedonian people.
EFA expresses its full solidarity to its member EFA-Rainbow and will unconditionally support the efforts of the Macedonians and other minorities in Greece to finally turn this country from a monolithic unitary relict of the past into a modern European democracy.