Foreign Minister Popovski: Athens has no serious intentions on solving the name dispute

Foreign Minister Popovski: Athens has no serious intentions on solving the name dispute

Ohrid, August 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The Foreign Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, declared today that Greece is not interested on solving the name dispute that exists between the two countries.

He declared this after the meeting held today in Ohrid with the head of the Latvian head of diplomacy, Edgars Rinkevics.

“Athens has no serious intentions on engaging in order to solve the dispute concerning the name. Our objective is to do everything that we can in these 12 months about our European agenda, on the part which mainly depends on us and this part relates to the reforms and for this reason, during the EU Italian and Latvian chairmanship, we will work in order to finalize crucial political reforms with the aim of facilitating the process of negotiations once they are launched”, said Popovski.

As far as NATO’s accession is concerned, he said that the country has no expectations besides Athens’ known position which relates to the veto.

The Latvian minister stressed the importance of relations with Skopje and intensification of cooperation.

“Today’s visit to Macedonia confirms the high level of political talks between the two countries. We discussed on bilateral issues, but also on the ways to advance cooperation in the domain of culture. We struck a deal in order to draft a Memorandum of cooperation between the foreign ministries of the two countries, which I consider to be important in the period when Latvia chairs the European Union”, said Rinkevics.

As far as the EU enlargement is concerned, Rinkevics said that with Italy, as current chair of the EU and with Luxembourg, which will chair it after Latvia, there will be cooperation in order to continue with the EU enlargement agenda.

“It’s a known fact that there will not be a decision for NATO’s enlargement in the next summit in Cardiff, but we will use this opportunity to hold a meeting of the foreign ministers of all member countries and we will try to prepare the accession of aspiring countries. As far as Macedonia is concerned, there is a decision, but it has been conditioned with the solution about the name”, said the Latvian foreign minister.

Foreign minister of FYROM said that Latvia, which strongly supports the European Atlantic aspirations of the country, will chair the European Union in the first half of next year, which is a very important period, because the new EU commission will bring important decisions for the Union.

In his official visit, the head of the Latvian diplomacy is also holding meetings with prime minister Nikola Gruevski and president George Ivanov. /ibna/