GREECE - FYROM
Close to final solution
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his FYROM counterpart Nikola Dimitrov completed a two-day round of negotiations in New York with the mediation of United Nations intermediary Matthew Nimetz.
Negotiations between the two ministers will continue in Brussels, as no agreement was reached between the two sides.
"We do not have a final solution to the issues, but both sides are determined to do what it takes to reach an agreement and work hard to achieve it," the UN representative noted.
Tsipras: Great Victory to Put Designation Before the Term "Macedonia"
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, speaking in Thessaloniki on Friday said it would be a great victory to put a designation before the term "Macedonia" in the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
"Skopje is called Macedonia" for the past 70 years. It will be a great victory for Greece to have the neighboring country put a designation — geographical or other — before the term "Macedonia".
"We are in a negotiation that is sensitive, critical, and we have made steps forward," Tsipras said. "We are defending a national position and because I hear some people saying "do not give out the name to them"… Here we seek to take something back, not give out something that had been surrendered by others, not by us, 70 years ago."
"Our northern neighbors, for over 70 years have a state identity called "Macedonia", either within the framework of the Yugoslav federation or as an autonomous state later, after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Without any designation, it is a name that refers to the ancient Greek world and to the heavy cultural heritage of Greek Macedonia. That’s what we’re going to take back. It’s not easy. Some fools say we’re going to give out something. But what we are doing is we try to take something back."
"We believe that (our neighbors’ Macedonia and our Macedonia) are two different things and we think it is time to coexist, cooperate and live in peace for the benefit of our region," the PM concluded.