The FYROM government, in an announcement issued after Wednesday’s meeting between the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy Matthew Nimetz with the negotiators of Greece and FYROM – Adamantios Vassilakis and Vasko Naumovski, respectively – expressed the opinion that, on the basis of the proposals presented by Nimetz for resolving the name issue, the conditions are being created for the process to go forward. The outcome, it added, will depend on the two sides’ willingness to compromise.
The position of the FYROM government is in total contrast to the position expressed by Naumovski after the meeting, who said that Nimetz’s proposals were far from a “dignified solution” to the name issue and deviated from the negotiating framework laid out by UN Security Council Resolution 817.
The FYROM government released the following announcement:
“Conditions for moving forward the process of resolving the name dispute are being created in the United Nations and the outcome will depend on the willingness of both sides to make compromise. After a careful analysis of the Nimetz’s proposal that he presented before the negotiators in New York, the government, in accordance to the significance of the issue for the state interest, will continue the process of building wider and more inclusive position of the Republic of Macedonia. Macedonian government is committed to resolving the dispute that Greece has with the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia. Conditions for moving the process forward are being actively created and the outcome will depend on the willingness of both sides to make compromise, taking into consideration the differences. The renewed communication gives a good impression, which opens up space for friendly approach and building mutual trust.”