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GREEK THANKS CONGRESS

The Greek ambassador used a briefing with Capitol Hill aides to thank Congress for siding with Greece in its dispute over the name of its northern neighbor, which the United States recognizes as Macedonia.

Ambassador Alexandros P. Mallias, who met last week with aides to Senate and House members who deal with European issues, referred to the nation as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM, the name under which it was admitted to the United Nations. Greece objects to the use of the word Macedonia, which has ancient connections to Greece.

He noted House and Senate resolutions that called on Macedonia “to cease hostile propaganda against Greece and reach a mutually agreeable solution with Greece on the name issue.” Mr. Mallias, in his briefing with the 35 staffers, also discussed Greece’s efforts to promote stability in the Balkans.

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