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Old 11-17-2008, 11:39 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Macedonia seeks for justice over Greek veto in ICJ

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Skopje /17/11/ 16:23

Macedonia has lodged a suit against Greece at the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ), Macedonian Foreign Ministry announced.

Macedonia filed an Application to the Court Registry, asking ICJ "to establish and declare that (Greece) through its state bodies and authorized officials violated Article 11, Paragraph 1 of the Interim Agreement."

The Application also requests from the Court "to order (Greece) to take all necessary steps to ensure respecting of the obligations stipulated in the Article 11, Paragraph 1 of the Interim Agreement and to refrain from direct or indirect opposing to the membership (of Macedonia) in the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)."

At the press conference staged Monday in the government's premises, Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki said that this move does not imply suspending of the talks over the Greece's problem with the constitutional name of Macedonia, but is aimed exclusively to ensuring proper implementation of the Interim Agreement.

He added that the Application was submitted now in order to create certain conditions and by incorporating all aspects of the issue.

According to Milososki, the International Court of Justice should make a ruling that will be binding to both sides.
http://www.makfax.com.mk/look/novina...2&NrSection=10
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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Good, about time.
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Old 11-17-2008, 04:49 PM   #3
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This has been a long time coming.
In fairness to Macedonia, I am sure there was much banter at political levels to avoid unnecessary litigation. This will be difficult for the Greeks to defend. And is all about Macedonia NOT being the victim in this process anymore. Excellent stuff. Thanks Dimko
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Old 11-17-2008, 05:28 PM   #4
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About time! The most important development to date, I reckon.

Why do you think they suddenly got the courage to do now, what they should of started a long time ago?
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:57 AM   #5
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ANKARA - The foreign minister of Macedonia, Antonio Milososki, has sent a letter to his Turkish counterpart, Ali Babacan, personally notifying him of a file Macedonia referred to an international court against Greece, it has been revealed.

Macedonia lodged the complaint Nov. 17 at the International Court of Justice at The Hague after Athens blocked its bid to join NATO due to an ongoing dispute over naming rights. It was not immediately clear when the court would hear the case.

"The difference over the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia is not the subject matter of our application with the International Court of Justice. The Republic of Macedonia remains strongly committed to the process of negotiations with Greece, mediated by the special envoy of the U.N. Secretary-General," Milososki told Babacan in the letter, learned the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.

"I strongly believe that the full respect of the Interim Accord would be in the interest of both countries and would positively influence development of friendly and good-neighborly relations," he said to Babacan.

Macedonia says Greece has violated a 1995 interim accord obliging Athens not to object to its membership in NATO or any other international organizations. Greece wants Macedonia to change its name on the grounds the name implies a territorial claim against the Greek region of Macedonia. Negotiations between the two countries are deadlocked at the United Nations.

At the last NATO summit in April, Greece blocked Macedonia's bid to join the alliance, while Albania and Croatia were invited to enter. Turkey, the first country to recognize Macedonia and to assign an ambassador to Skopje, is one of the strongest advocates of the country's membership in NATO.

A Turkish diplomat told the Daily News that Macedonia must be subjected to the same criteria as other candidates. "Bilateral disputes should not hijack Macedonia's participation in international organizations," said the diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous.

Turkey recognizes Macedonia by its constitutional name.
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:19 PM   #6
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If it does, why the bullshit subject title heading .... (Skopje/Greece)
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:35 PM   #7
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Nikola Dimitrov, former Macedonian representative in the country’s dispute with Greece about the use of the name Macedonia, is to present a report on Macedonia’s complaint against Greece to the International Court of Justice in The Hague on July 20 2009, Macedonian A1 television channel said, quoted by Bulgarian news agency Focus.

The argumentation says that Greece violated article 11 of the 1995 Interim Agreement by blocking Macedonia’s Nato membership invitation at the Bucharest summit in April 2008.

The text contains all statements by senior Greek officials, as well as publications with arguments against Greece, the television station said.

Greece is to reply within a deadline set by the court. After that, towards the middle of next year, the oral hearing will begin.

The Greek foreign ministry said that its negotiator in the name dispute, Adamantios Vassilakis, briefed ambassadors of EU and Nato countries on July 17 2009 "on the course of the negotiations within the framework of the UN".
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:42 AM   #8
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I have mixed feelings about this. What if it goes against us?

I think they should pursue this "discussion" they are having with Greece on the floor of U.N headquarters - and put it to a vote, and then another vote, if they have to.

End this one on one garbage with Greece.
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Not that I am for NATO in any major way, but I like the idea of International courts hearing about such silly standover tactics by Greece. At some point surely Human Rights would be considered in an international court?

Win or lose, it is still worth a public airing.
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:30 AM   #10
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Default Macedonia to present evidence against Greece before ICJ

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Macedonia on Monday will present to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a memorandum with written evidence in connection to dispute with Greece.

Macedonia has launched a complaint against Greece for breaching an UN-backed Interim Accord of 1995 in a name row over its NATO membership. Greece vetoed Macedonia's NATO membership invitation at the Alliance's summit in Bucharest last April.

The memorandum contains statements by Greek officials and texts to serve as argument in the trial.

Greece is set to present its own arguments. The trial is expected to continue next year.
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