"If I knew then what I know now!"
Athens, 16/11/1993 (ANA): The government said yesterday that no neighbouring country should intervene in any way in the conflict in former Yugoslavia. "As you know, the commitment undertaken by the previous government remains in effect, according to which Greece believes that no neighbouring country should intervene in any way in the conflict in former Yugoslavia, either directly or indirectly, that is, either by sending troops or arms and munitions", Alternate Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos told the press.
He was replying to a question on possible measures to be taken by the EC Council of Ministers to prevent the break-up of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and the outbreak of fresh conflict in the region. Stressing that Greece was against all sources of tension and unrest, especially armed conflict, Mr. Pangalos said the government desired that the human rights and the rights of "strong" minorities in Skopje would be respected. He said the government also wished that extremist views be avoided, such as re-consideration of the borders, and also extremist actions such as arming and plotting schemes. Nine ethnic Albanians in FYROM, including Deputy
Defence Minister Hisen Haskaj were arrested early last week on alleged charges of conspiracy against the state, with the Skopjan press reporting that the conspirators had smuggled some 300 automatic rifles from Albania for an estimated 20,000
According to Skopjan television, Haskaj belongs to a group plotting union with Albania. This organisation is reportedly linked with like-minded Albanian nationalist groups in the neighbouring Serbian province of Kosovo. Ethnic Albanians account for at least a quarter of FYROM's two million people, and 90 per cent of Kosovo's (southern Serbia) two million.
Albania itself has three million people.