Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Follow-Up F.Y.R.O.M. 'Name' Talks Agreed

After his visit to the region, the UN mediator in the FYROM ‘name’ talks, Matthew Nimetz, has invited negotiators to a follow-up meeting in New York.

FYROM's representative, Zoran Jolevski and Greece’s Adamantios Vassilakis have agreed to meet the UN mediator on January 29 and 30 at UN headquarters, the UN said.

Nimetz will meet negotiators separately and at a joint discussion to follow up on the discussions that he held last week from January 9-11 in Athens and Skopje.

“I do think we will reach a positive conclusion," Nimetz said at the end of his tour last week, after speaking with the FYROM's Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski.

After the talks, which focused on specific ideas for a compromise name for FYROM, Nimetz said both countries seemed interested in making progress.

He did not disclose any of the ideas he had discussed, however.

Nimetz’s fresh push for a solution follows a recent statement by the EU Council, which said that any decision on opening accession talks for FYROM would be based on a report by the European Commission due to be published in spring 2013.

The report will assess whether FYROM has made genuine steps forward towards reaching a deal with Greece over its name.

Greece insists that FYROM’s name implies territorial claims to its own northern province,  called Macedonia.

FYROM has obtained annual recommendations for a start to EU membership talks in European Commission reports since 2009.

But it has never been offered a date for the talks because of the Greek "blockade"(sic) related to the dispute over its name.

Sinisa Jakov-Marusic Balkan Insight (15/01/13)
*(After the necessary corrections with the name "FYROM".  
GREECE recognised this country with the name "FYROM")
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