Skopje hesitating over Nimetz-sponsored agreement struck in New York

Skopje hesitating over Nimetz-sponsored agreement struck in New York
Matthew Nimets’s short announcement following the New York meeting on Friday 25 May 2018, did not record the reality of what happened at the negotiating table between Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov, in the presence of the UN Special Envoy.

Matthew Nimetz's simple announcement after the New York meeting on Friday 25 May 2018 did not record the reality of what happened at the negotiating table between Nikos Kotzia and Nikola Dimitrov in the presence of the UN Special Envoy.

According to IBNA exclusive, cross-checked information, the talks in New York culminated in a full agreement on the dispute between Greece and the fYR of Macedonia, over the latter’s name.

What happened though upon the return of the Foreign Ministry delegations to their countries; was there a turnaround?

The reading of the agreement draft when the delegations returned to their countries caused reaction within the Skopje government, which tried to redefine some points of the draft, even though the negotiation had ended with a full agreement in place that had been approved by Nikola Dimitrov, in the presence of Matthew Nimetz.

The Greek side, as a last resort to help resolve the issue, suggested that the text of the agreement be returned to Matthew Nimetz for any corrections he though necessary based on what had been agreed, with a clear assurance from Greece that it would accept them.

The text was returned by Matthew Nimetz to Greece and the fYR of Macedonia, with Skopje, however, continuing to raise objections to the agreed draft which was guaranteed and edited by the UN SC special envoy.

This development caused discomfort to the Greek government – to say the least – resulting in a leak being made, according to which “the fYR of Macedonia is not ready to meet what was agreed”.

On the other side of the Atlantic and the UN there is also dissatisfaction on the u-turn made by Skopje, as the organizations is directly being doubted via the partial withdrawal of the fYR of Macedonia from the agreement it had signed up to a few days ago.

Competent sources told IBNA that what is left if for Zoran Zaev to make a final and irrevocable decision on the deal, even via a phone call which should be expected as early as tonight. The same source said “we are in no hurry, nor will we be dragged into a blame game”./IBNA

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