Through an official statement published on the UN’s website, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General António Guterres, expressed the latter’s contentment for the outcome of the Greek-fYROMacedonian talks on the name issue and the agreement that was reached.
“With reference to the talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Secretary-General welcomes the agreement settling the difference between the sides described in the United Nations Security Council resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993). He commends the parties for their determination to bring this long-standing dispute to an end, in a demonstration of leadership to the wider region and beyond. He congratulates all who participated constructively in the efforts that led to the agreement.”
Apart from the actual deal between the premiers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, Guterres could not but refer to the UN envoy, Matthew Nimetz, under the “guidance” and support of whom the dispute became easier to be solved.
“He wishes to pay tribute to his Personal Envoy, Mr. Matthew Nimetz,” the statement reads, “who embodied the values of perseverance, patience and quiet diplomacy in facilitating this historic agreement over many years.”
Wishing to bring an air of reconciliation and lasting friendship among the two neighbouring peoples, “The Secretary-General urges all citizens in both countries to come together to move the process forward. He reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to provide all necessary support, both through his Personal Envoy and through the relevant UN agencies, funds and programmes.”
Above all, the statement was proof of Guterres’s belief that the agreement will foster strong, stable and lasting bonds and peace across the countries of the wider region:
“The Secretary-General is convinced that the resolution of this long-standing dispute will have positive repercussions in Europe and beyond and hopes that parties to other protracted conflicts may be inspired by this development to work towards negotiated settlements without further delay.”…. / IBNA