FYROM gov’t: Continued goodwill by both sides will lead to resolution of name issue

The country’s public has been fully informed of developments in the name issue, the resolution of which is possible, and the negotiating process is ongoing, the FYROM government said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“The processes leading to an acceptable solution of issues outstanding between Greece and the “Democracy of Macedonia” as two neighboring European countries were unblocked at the meeting between Prime Ministers Zoran Ζaev and Alexis Tsipras, for the first time after two decades,” the announcement said.

It added that “the public has been informed fully about the goodwill shown by both sides. The search for a mutually acceptable solution is possible, and that is why the negotiating process is ongoing.”

“Both sides need to show goodwill and compromise to reach a solution, one that will respect the dignity and identity of citizens of both countries. The public will be briefed fully anew for every future significant step of progress during the process of negotiations.,” the government statement concluded.

According to Skopje media reports, the statement was a reply by FYROM’s government to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias statements to Euronews, which reported he had called on FYROM’s government to specify the geographic qualifier it supported in the name issue, and whether it had prepared public opinion for it.