Kotzias: Name dispute can be resolved though “package-negotiations”

Nikos Kotzias; Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece

NEW YORK – As soon as the 72nd UN General Assembly has ended, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Kotzias briefed Greek media about the solution for the name dispute with Macedonia.

According to the writings of the media, he said that the name dispute has four acts i.e. the name and the use of its name, two issues which were under the jurisdiction of Matthew Nemitz’s negotiations, and the words that refer to the language and the statehood, including the abbreviations.

Kotzias has assessed that the only way for finding a solution are the “package-negotiations” and he noticed a positive attitude in Skopje to remove certain irredentistic symbols.

He assessed the meeting with the Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov as friendly.

The mediator, Matthew Nimetz has assessed that the relations between Greece and Macedonia improved significantly in the last few months and that there have been signs of goodwill for finding a solution to the name dispute.

“I hope we will be able to speed up the talks later this year. Both countries have given its word that they are interested in doing that. The relations have improved in the last few months and I expect more activities” said Nimetz, adding that he will give new proposals for the name at the right time.