In an interview with the state news agency MIA, the fYROMacedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that at the last meeting held on March 30 in Vienna, the Greek and fYROMacedonian Foreign Ministers Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov respectively, made significant progress in negotiating a solution on the name issue. He estimates that the new meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries in Ohrid, on April 12, could have positive developments, which in their turn could pave the way for a meeting of his with the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras.
According to the planner, “After Easter there will be another meeting between the two Foreign ministers. I believe that this process is bringing us closer to a meeting between me and Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras that should follow. If this step is made then the progress will be at a prime ministerial level. Practically wise, if citizens find out about a Zaev-Tsipras meeting, it will be a confirmation that the negotiations are moving to the right direction and that we can reach a solution”, the fYROMacedonian PM added.
At the same time, Zoran Zaev ruled out his country’s accession to NATO as ‘fYROMacedonia’. Citing the clear position of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who had visited Skopje a couple of months ago, he noted that Stoltenberg had said that if there is no solution to this issue, the country should not have hopes of joining NATO…. / IBNA