One of the creators of the greek strategy regarding the name of Macedonia, Evangelos Kofos, who was for the second time in Skopje, tried to explain the essence of the dispute in the way it is perceived in Athens. According to him the point is that governments cannot enforce an identity to individuals, that is a personal matter, but we have to find a way how the Macedonians from Macedonia and those from greek Macedonia will represent themselves in the world and how will they be differentiated. Everyone has its own identity. The countries should not impose recognition of one or other identity. Problem for the both countries is the name dispute. When we agree upon the name, then it will be used by everyone and in all occasions.
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Kofou, had been an elected elder of the Greek Community Council in the then Ottoman-held Edessa, responsible for the Greek schools of the region. A generation later, his father, Andonis Ev. Kofou, had been organized in the Resistance in Edessa during the German occupation , until his arrest and imprisonment in in a notorious prison camp in Thessaloniki.
Prior to this he had served for over thirty years at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Special Consultant on Balkan Affairs and retired with the rank of ambassador-counselor. He holds a Ph. Kofos is a member of several academic societies and served for many years as Special Counsellor on Balkan affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens. He is also the author of a number of books and essays on Greek and Balkan issues. His earlier book, Nationalism and Communism in Macedonia , Thessaloniki, , reissued with additional essays, New York, has been considered a pioneering work on a controversial Balkan issue.
In more recent years he has been engaged with projects dealing with the Kosovo and Macedonian issues. Diepistimonikes Prosengisies "Macedonian Identities in Times.
Interdisciplinary Approaches" , Thessaloniki, Athens, Patakis publishers, In the President of the Hellenic Republic Constantine Stephanopoulos decorated him with the Golden Cross of the Order of Phoenix for his services and all round meritorious work,.
Ten years later, in , the Academy of Athens bestowed on him its Award for the entirety of his scholarly work.
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