Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said that Greece’s stand on the ongoing name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is non-negotiable. Visiting the Macedonian Tombs of Lefkadians, near Naoussa, the Greek leader said that those who dispute the Greek identity of Macedonia cannot expect Greece to lift its veto to allow for their entry to the European Union or NATO alliance.
“This sacred place for the Greek nation is proven by irrefutable historical evidence that shows the timeless Greek character of Macedonia,” said Pavlopoulos. “Cynics, forgers of history, who are unfortunately the heirs and successors of a culture of totalitarian regimes, as can be seen by their recent brutal behavior against refugees, do not have the right to feign friendship with Greece and, furthermore, it is inconceivable that they delude themselves that, with such attitudes, it would be possible for them to join the EU and NATO. The Greek veto is a given and non-negotiable.”
While in Northern Greece, Pavlopoulos was guided around the ancient site of Miezas by archeologist Angeliki Kottaridi, Director of the 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture.