New round of talks on the name dispute, Skopje demands support

New round of talks on the name dispute, Skopje demands support

Skopje, November 12, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

A new round of talks will be held today for the solution of the name dispute between FYROM and Greece.

UN envoy, Matthew Nimetz has invited Macedonian negotiator, Vasko Naumovski and the Greek one, Adamantios Vasilakis to make a new effort and find compromise or launch the process of the solution of the name dispute, reports Nimetz’s office.

The government in Skopje has confirmed the new round, by saying that Nimetz will first hold separate talks and then a joint meeting with negotiating sides, in an effort to solve the contest which has lasted several years and which is blocking European integration processes.

Foreign Minister Nikola Popovski, who is staying on for a visit in Brussels to hold meetings with MEPs, has called on the international community to be engaged in order for the country to launch negotiations for EU accession.

“EU member countries must engage in order for our country to start EU negotiations, because these negotiations should have started six years ago. I have informed and will continue to inform new MEPs on what we’re doing and what we can do as a country. But even the EU and its member countries must come up with decisions to preserve their credibility and avoid unpredictable situations in the Balkan region”, declared Popovski.

According to him, Skopje is interested in solving the dispute on the name with Greece. /ibna/