UN mediator: There is a positive momentum in Skopje and Athens

Athens, 15 January 2018 – UN mediator in the name dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Greece Matthew Nimetz in the interview with the Greek state television ERT said that there is no new name proposal and he will table proposals, which were discussed in the past at the new meeting, scheduled for Jan. 17 in New York.

There is a positive momentum in Skopje, Nimitz said, adding that the new government in Skopje is very interested in resolving this issue, MIA reports from Athens.

“I think that the Greek government also recognises that this is a good approach and a good step for the Greece’s foreign policy in the region, to find solution to the long-standing issue. Due to these reasons, there is a positive momentum between the two countries. I think that citizens in both countries are willing to hear certain solutions, which are of their common national interest, but also that there is a certain compromise to resolve the issue,” Nimetz said.

He also referred to the concerns in the region about certain issues, as refugees, terrorism or instability, and that under the guidance of the international community these issues need to be resolved.