ERT: Nimetz to visit Athens and Skopje in next ten days

The UN mediator for the naming dispute between Greece and Macedonia Matthew Nimetz intends to visit Athens and Skopje in the next ten days and to discuss the issue, Greece’s state broadcaster ERT reports.

Media outlet told that UN mediator has expressed optimism and considered that dispute over the name of Macedonia could be resolved in the next six months.

Nimetz underlined that proposals for the name presented last week’s round of talks in New York are generally acceptable for the two countries and he gave assurance that they guarantee the “national identity” of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Macedonia and Greece have a real opportunity, maybe the best one, for solving the so-called name issue, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Brian Yee said in an interview with Bloomberg TV Bulgaria.

There is political will in Athens and Skopje and I believe that the solution is achievable, Yee pointed out.