23May2018

Greek FM Says Time Limitations not to Allow NATO Summit Enlargement

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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias says Macedonia will not join NATO at the coming summit because of time limitations. In an interview with radio 24/7, Kotzias says the country will not join NATO in June because the name agreement should be ratified in different ways, with April already in its second half. "They want to schedule a referendum, which requires couple of months, namely June. Afterwards, the agreement should go to the Parliament, meaning another half or a whole month. This should be followed by constitutional changes, because a possible agreement requires this aspect. Therefore, autumn will come," says Kotzias and adds that NATO decisions can, however, be taken by permanent representatives. Regarding the name talks, the Greek FM says the identity is a self-determination issue, while the new name would be used for the nationality

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