Unidentified individuals attacked three tourist coaches carrying Greek tourists at Ochris, Skopje on Sunday evening. Foreign Ministry spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos denounced the attack strongly, asking from FYROM's (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) authorities to protect the Greek citizens, who visit FYROM.
"We condemn in the strongest way the organized attack from unknown individuals against the Greek visitors and their property," stated the spokesman.
Fanatics on both sides need to realise that this name issue is a relatively minor issue.
I know that sentence alone will cause hysteria, but consider what is happening in Iran right now and compare it to this name matter; a matter that will be solved by courtesy and diplomacy in the due course of time.
Negotiations are taking place and only under these negotiations will a resolution come about. Violence and hostility between people ultimately achieves nothing. It will not weight on the negotiations, it will not sway the UN. It does nothing - but I suspect the nationalists know this much, at least the smart ones (if ever their was an oxymoron). Some people just want a forum for their bigotry, racism, hate and ethnocentrism and this topic gives it to them.
Nationalists need to come to realise their own sense of "racial superiority" is a delusion, and their simplistic views of their antagonists as evil and inferior is also a delusion. This view is self-serving and based on no facts. It is just a vehicle to enable your lesser vestigial traits you inherited from apes; being clanism
The Greek opposition party PASOK has harshly slammed the government over its decision to allow Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki to arrive in Greece by a governmental plane reading Republic of Macedonia for the summit on the island of Corfu
I wondered why he would say such a thing (for merely a microsecond) then realised that Greece was the birth place of the sophists. Greece was the land that recognised the phenomena called demagogy. I do not know what Papandreou's personal views are on this issue, nor the consensus of his party. But what I do know is that by taking a strident, shrill and hysterical tone to all things regarding the name issue - guarantees political success and the attainment of votes. Fearmongering is an unfortunately effective political tool, hence why he has been going on about "dangerous precedent".
I never realised that extending the olive-branch was a "dangerous precedent", I always found it noble.
Looking at this issue as impartially as permissible; letting the plane land (irrespective of branding) is the right thing to do!
By granting this concession, by relaxing some of the issues causing hostility - Greece has extended the olive branch to North-Macedonia and invites a resolution.
You really do have to give a little to get a little.
However, the building of yet another Alexander the Great statue in North-Macedonia goes to show the power of demagogy and the lacking commitment of some
to finding peace.
The only reasons I can fathom for being against the landing of the MAT plane would be:
(I) Irrational hatred of North-Macedonians (i.e. Nationalism),
(II) Demagogues using this as an opportunity for political gain.