The Skopje Foreign Affairs Minister appears once again provocative, as he unexpectedly is complaining about a practice of the Greek border control system in application for more than a decade. He expressed his discontent that Skopje cars traveling to Greece are obliged to hide the letters “MK” (for “Macedonia”) on their plates with a special covering suggesting that the receiving country does not approve nor recognize the name Macedonia.
The people of the Greek border control spots are just implementing already agreed terms of the bilateral agreement between Skopje and Greece as this practice has been going on for years. But the present FA Minister seems to have suddenly remembered this “unacceptable” action on behalf of Greece.
A special bandage reading “Recognized by Greece as FYROM” is put on the sign “MK” of the Skopje cars entering our country through customs offices in Niki, Evzones and Dojran.
Nicola Poposki asked Greece to “focus on the cooperation sector and not on arbitrary and challenging actions such as putting stickers on car plates” of Skopje citizens. However, there is no violation of the international law framework, nor has there ever been any protest from the Skopje citizens whose car plates are being ‘altered’.
The matter is attracting increasing attention in the Skopje press and presumably aims at deterring people from visiting our country for their summer holidays.