Tsipras is honest and believes a name solution will be good for Greece, Zaev says

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is honest and believes that a solution to the name issue with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will be a good development for Greece, FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in a statement made during his visit to Berlin. Zaev was in the German city on Wednesday for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Replying to questions posed by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), FYROM’s premier said that the most difficult problems that must be overcome by the two sides were those of building mutual trust and ensuring that a solution will be final and will protect the dignity and identity of both sides. He also stressed that Skopje has no irredentist aspirations.

The most important part of the process is to build trust between the two sides, Zaev said, and this is what is being done right now, as well as find ways to guarantee that the final solution will last forever.

Asked by ANA whether it was possible to find a solution before the next NATO summit, he said: “We have our differences on the name issue. There is a possibility that we can find a solution, but only if we are able to build this trust and provide the necessary legal guarantees in the process of negotiating about what will be acceptable to people.”