Matthew Nimetz tables new proposal for the name issue, in negotiators’ meeting in New York

Matthew Nimetz tables new proposal for the name issue, in negotiators’ meeting in New York

UN special envoy Matthew Nimetz stated his optimism after meeting with negotiators of Greece and fYROMacedonia, Ambassadors Adamantios Vassilakis and Vasko Naumovski, on the name of fYROMacedonia, speaking of a positive climate during the trilateral meeting .

The process is moving in a positive direction, he said, noting that the two countries have governments that really want a solution and that the issue can be resolved within the next six months.

Refusing to give details of the content of his proposals, he was content to say that given the 25-year gap it is almost unlikely to come up with anything new, adding that he considers his proposal a “good set of ideas for a compromise tolerable on both sides”.

He was quick to add however, that he believes “it is unrealistic for fYROM not to have the term ‘Macedonia’ in some form in its name”.

In particular, after the United Nations headquarters meeting in New York with the ambassadors of Greece and fYROMacedonia, which drew the curtain of the negotiations between Athens and Skopje on the name of fYROMacedonia, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Mediator, Matthew Nimetz, said he tabled a set of ideas “on the basis of what the two countries are discussing and an ancillary framework”.

“The two sides have just received the proposal and have some comments and questions and they are going back to their capitals to appreciate and study them”, Nimetz said, starting his statement framed by the two ambassadors.

He even expressed his optimism that this process is moving in a positive direction, that the two countries have governments that really want a solution and appreciated that the issue could be solved within the next six months, adding that it would be good for both countries and for the region.