US Ambassador to Athens, Jeffry Pyatt, expresses his concern about the Greek-Turkish tensions in the Aegean Sea. In an interview to private Skai TV, he said “My worry is about an accident.” The US fears of an ‘accident’ come in the wake of the new tension in the islet of Imia over the weekend.
“My concern, my fear, is the accident … As long as you have these lethal complex military systems operating close to each other there is always a terrible risk of an accident, which of course will cause great complications in your relationship” Jeffry Pyatt warned.
With regards to the name dispute of Macedonia, the ambassador said that the US support the efforts of the United Nations mediator who arrives on Tuesday in Athens and will be in Skopje on Wednesday.
“We support Matthew Nimetz and the efforts of the United Nations. I am optimistic. And we will do everything, as America, to support Nimetz’s efforts in the days and weeks that we have before us, “the US ambassador says.
Referring generally to the West Balkans, Pyatt stressed that “it is in their interest to join NATO and the EU”.
The interview will be broadcast half an hour after Tuesday midnight.
PS I think every US ambassador has to live with this fear since 1996.