Nimetz: Parties have not made any progress on the name dispute

Nimetz: Parties have not made any progress on the name dispute

Skopje, March 26, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

United Nations intermediary for the solution of the name dispute, Matthew Nimetz declared that in the round of talks held today in New York, there has been no progress as far as the harmonization of the positioning of the two negotiating parties is concerned.

“There have been no concrete results from the meeting. There have been sincere and dynamic talks. Both parties have agreed on intensifying talks. The parties are happy with this format of negotiations and a new meeting has been scheduled to take place in the end of May, after which I will visit the region”, said Mr. Nimetz following the meeting with Macedonian intermediary Zoran Jolevski and the Greek one, Adamantios Vasilakis.

He said that he’s aware of this period of elections and that he has avoided this situation in order not to deteriorate the problem relating to the name dispute.

Nimetz said that FYR Macedonia will hold presidential and early parliamentary elections, while Greece will hold European parliament elections in the month of May. Nimetz has not excluded a visit to Skopje and Athens after the elections.

“During these years, I have made many proposals and none of them received unconditional support by any of the sides. I told parties that they must examine the old ideas because something new may be found in them, until the name dispute is resolved”, declared Nimetz asked if there have been new proposals for the name.

UNO intermediary appeared before journalists without the two representatives of the negotiating sides. /ibna/