Washington, D.C.- There should be no losers and winners resulting from the future status of Kosovo, maintained Greeceʼs ambassador to the United States Alexandros Mallias addressing an event on the future of southeast Europe, Kosovo in particular, held by a US foreign policy institute in Washington.
Ambassador Mallias was the main speaker in the event and stressed that the firmly supported by Greece European prospect of the Balkan states is the major incentive and mechanism safeguarding stability, peace and prosperity in the region. After referring to the proposal expected to be tabled by the UN special envoy former president of Finland, he pointed out that fundamental preconditions for stability in the Balkans are EU consensus, close EU-US cooperation and Russiaʼs involvement.
Responding to a question by the FYROM embassy charge dʼ affaires, Mallias chose to point out the need for a mutually acceptable solution to the FYROM name issue based on the proposals tabled by UN envoy Matthew Nimetz in 2005, while he called on Skopje to follow the example of Bucharest and Sofia by looking forward to the future and not turning to the past, a fact that will allow the countryʼs accession into the Euro-Atlantic structures.
The message that Europe is the future was sent to numerous recipients by the Greek Prime Minister through his visits to the Balkans, underlined Mallias responding to questions made by a large audience that included US vice-president Cheney aides, US State Department and USAID officials and public opinion makers.
After the discussion directed by the head of the instituteʼs Eurasian Policy Centre, Mallias responded to questions by television reporters from Azerbaijan, stressing the shared interest in energy safety issues, as well as to questions by FYROM and the Serb-speaking Voice of America journalists regarding the recently held elections in Serbia and its European prospect.