If you carefully follow the Greek policy in the Balkans in the last 20 years, there is only one strategic goal on Athens' mind - Macedonia to disappear!
Greece's ambitions during the first years of Macedonia's independence, and later during the 2001 externally orchestrated conflict were to occupy the Macedonian cities of Ohrid - Bitola, Prilep and Strumica.
These plans for military aggression against Macedonia by the Greek Army (with government approval) were discussed during several meetings of Serbian and Greek politicians (Slobodan Milosevic, Constantine Mitsotakis and Antonis Samaras), of course, during certain phases of the discussions Romanian and Bulgarian politicians were invited as well.
The entire mosaic of this plan is easily unfolded by several foreign intelligence reports, journalistic research, and in part from interviews and memoirs written by Mitsotakis, Milosevic, Samaras, Zhelyu Zhelev and Sali Berisha.
For the realization of these strategic war plans it was not an accident that the Greeks staged two large military exercises, the first in 1992 named Alexandros and later in 1999 dubbed Philippos. During the first drill, Greek warplanes invaded Macedonian airspace numerous times at a depth of 37 kilometers, near the Demir Kapija gorge, exactly where official Athens saw their 'new' national frontier.
Takis Mihas, a Greek journalist and author of the "Evil Alliance" reveals Greece's role in the Yugoslav wars and their open support of the policies of Slobodan Milosevic. The purpose of Milosevic and Mitsotakis, a former Greek prime minister was to rearrange the borders in the Balkans as they see fit.
As always, in the history of the Balkans, Macedonia has had a central place in each plan for a 'makeover'. To this day it remains an open question about the role of EU and NATO in these plans to draw some new inter-state borders.
The role of Greece and Serbia in these plans was always very clear - Serbia and Greece to become neighbors.
"There is a growing pile of evidence that lead to the conclusion that the influential political forces in Greece in the early 1990s looked at their Macedonian neighbors with much more than to change their name. The real goal of some instances was destabilization and disappearance of the young country," writes Greek journalist Takis Mihas.
According to him, "Greek politicians insisted on the name change, although they were aware that it means giving up the most important symbol of the collective identity of the majority population, and as such, the requirement could not be met by Macedonian politicians."
If behind these plans was hiding the plans for territorial conquest with "brotherly" Serbia, today Mitsotakis' strategic plan to destabilize Macedonia remained valid for all Greek governments after him.
Everything is the same as in 1992
In 1992 three meetings initiated by Mitsotakis took place in Athens. The main topic of each meeting was attack and division of Macedonia. During the first meeting, the president of Romania stunned by Mitsotakis' plan, rejected the proposal while representatives from SR Yugoslavia and Bulgaria's president abstained.
The second meeting took place without Romania's president. Bulgaria once again abstained, while Milosevic asked for more time because of his engagement in Croatia and Bosnia.
The third meeting was between Mitsotakis and Milosevic, only. However, the two failed to agree on a plan to attack Macedonia.
Macedonia had sources, and was timely informed about Greece's initiatives and the meetings that took place in Athens. Official Skopje was also informed when the Greek Government in a secretive session approved an attack on Macedonia.
As a result, in October of 1992, a full scale military exercise dubbed Alexandros started two kilometers from the Macedonian border. The Macedonian Army for 10 days was at its highest combat readiness.
Why Greece changed its mind and cancelled the agression is unclear. We can only speculate that it could have been prevented from the leader of the Greek Communist Party Aleka Papariga who in Solun announced "If Athens does not withdraw an important decision, she would tell the world". Another speculation is that warning came from Ankara to stay away from Macedonia.
After Greece cancelled its military aggression on Macedoina, it quickly introduced an economic embargo by closing the border with Macedonia.
This was an attempt by Greece to establish a thesis of Macedonia being unable to survive as a country economically. Greece's illegal move was followed by silence from Brussels and the EU.
Plan for Athens military aggression on Macedonia was also confirmed by well known Greek military intelligence officer Grilakis, the man who walked into Crvenkovski, Frckovski, Gligorov's cabinets and gave them suitcases with cash and gifts for their willingness to change the name.
Coincidentally or not, the alliance with Bulgaria and on occasion with Romania continue to repeat (meetings in Sofia and Athens), this time the topic being "blocking Macedonia's integration into the EU". This time, it is somewhat more sophisticated, unlike the plans for military aggression. EU's behavior is no different, remains the same as in 1992.
20 years later, the official Greek policy is guided by the same strategic goals defined by Mitsotakis and Samaras. The latter is the current Prime Minister of Greece.