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Matthew Nimetz welcomes Greece-FYROM agreement on name issue

US Special Envoy on the name issue Matthew Nimetz warmly welcomed the agreement between Greece and FYROM on Tuesday, and called the decision “a mutually beneficial solution for the broader region.”

“I warmly welcome the announcement by Prime Ministers (Alexis) Tsipras and (Zoran) Zaev on finding a mutually acceptable solution to the “name” issue,” he said in a statement. “I would like to congratulate the parties for reaching a successful conclusion to the talks and for resolving the difference between them,” he added.

The special envoy also expressed the certainty that the agreement “will lead to a period of enhanced relations between the two neighbouring countries and especially between their people,” and said he was “encouraged by the dedication of both governments to deliver mutual benefits for all their citizens through the establishment of a strategic partnership as a basis for intensified cooperation across all sectors.”

In reviewing his role, Nimetz said he was honored to have served as facilitator between the two parties and he expressed his appreciation to the UN Secreatary General for his unwavering support and deep interest. He also mentioned his predecessor, the late Cyrus Vance, for his lasting contribution to peace in the regio

“Above all, I want to congratulate and commend the two Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ministers (Nikola) Dimitrov and (Nikos) Kotzias, who have demonstrated leadership, vision and determination in the negotiating process and never faltered in their efforts to reach a mutually beneficial solution for their own nation but also for the broader region,” he concluded.