Wednesday, July 18, 2012

FYROM news: UN Chief's Visit Puts FYROM 'Name' Dispute in Frame

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Ban Ki-moon's visit this month is stirring speculation about new initiatives in the dispute over FYROM's name - though few expect the fact-finding trip to result in a breakthrough.

Ban Ki-moon arrives in Skopje on 25 July as part of a tour of Western Balkan countries from July 19 to 26.

He has said that he will be accompanied in Skopje by his mediator in the "name" dispute, US diplomat Matthew Nimetz.

“This name issue continues for too long”, Ki-moon said recently, urging Greece and
FYROM to show more “flexibility” in reaching a solution.

The UN Secretary General will also visit Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo.

FYROM he will meet President Gjorge Ivanov and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. He will also address parliament after having met the Speaker, Trajko Veljanoski.

FYROM's Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, downplayed talk of new initiatives concerning the name dispute with Greece.
“I don't think there will be any new negotiations, Ban Ki-moon is visiting FYROM in order to make his own analysis, examine details and problems and so on,” Gruevski said.

However, he added that “anything can happen” and that “there may be a pleasant surprise”, not specifying what that surprise might be.

Relations between
FYROM and Greece have been strained for two decades by the row over FYROM's name.

Greece insists that use of the term "Macedonia" implies a territorial claim to its own northern province of the same name. Citing the unresolved issue, Greece has repeatedly blocked
FYROM’s progress towards both EU and NATO membership.

UN-brokered talks to overcome the dispute have failed to result in a solution and there have been no fresh talks for over a year, partly owing to the complicated situation in Greece.

Ban Ki-moon’s visit comes at a time of fresh friction between Skopje and Athens.

In June, Greek border guards angered
FYROM' s by placing stickers[1] on FYROM' s cars entering Greece, "covering???(sic) the initials"[2] "MK" and reading: “Recognized by Greece as FYROM” [Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia].
FYROM's resent use of the acronym "FYROM", finding it demeaning.

Later that month, Gruevski angered Athens by accusing Greece of having waged “political genocide” against
FYROM for 20 years, referring to the Greek diplomatic blockade of FYROM and its denial of FYROM's name and identity.
Sinisa Jakov-Marusic Balkan Insight 
*(After the necessary corrections with the name "FYROM".  
GREECE recognised this country with the name "FYROM")


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