Skopje, July 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Foreign Minister of Italy, Frederica Morherini declared today in Skopje that in the quality of the chair of the EU, Italy backs FYR Macedonia in the European integration plan.
Mogherini declared this following the meeting with her Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Popovski. Mogherini also commented on the name dispute with the Greek side, an issue which halts the European integration process.
“As far as the name dispute is concerned, we back the process of negotiations to find a solution, which is being brokered by the UNO. But progress must be achieved by both sides, Skopje and Athens”, said the Italian Foreign Minister.
She added that she’s clear that this is an important issue for the authorities and the citizens of the country. “It’s clear that the issue of the name is of a special importance, therefore Italy is prepared to offer its support and increase its efforts to find a solution about this issue”, said Mogherini.
Foreign minister Nikola Popovskii praised the support of Italy in the Euro-Atlantic perspective of the country. “Italian chairmanship of the European Union is important for Western Balkan. The signals issued by the Italian chairmanship are positive and there is no other alternative except for Western Balkan to join the EU”, declared Popovski.
In her short visit to Skopje, chief of Italian diplomacy will also meet other state authorities. /ibna/