30 July 2012

Nimetz, Ban Ki Moon arrive in Macedonia

Aspects and possible dynamics for settling Skopje-Athens dispute, imposed by Greece, was in the focus of Tuesday's meeting of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and UN mediator in the Greek-Macedonian name talks Matthew Nimetz.

At the meeting, Gruevski reaffirmed Macedonia's commitment, constructive approach to settling the matter and readiness for resuming the dynamic dialogue in favor of finding a solution, the Government Information Service said in press release.
He expressed belief that Greece would follow the suit, saying that it was necessary for Athens to also give priority to this matter, which is significant for the prospect of Macedonia and the region.

The PM expressed strong support of Nimetz's mandate and efforts thus far, saying that he was ready to hold direct meetings with Greek top officials in favor of creating positive climate for pushing the (name) negotiating process forward.
Later today Nimetz headed to Ohrid for a tete-a-tete meeting with President Gjorge Ivanov.

Nimetz will join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is arriving this evening for a two-day visit to Macedonia.
The UN envoy will depart for Solun on Thursday for a meeting with Greek negotiator Adamantios Vassilakis.

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