UN mediator Nimetz to meet FYROM leaders in Skopje on Thursday over name issue

UN special mediator Matthew Nimetz arrived at Skopje on Wednesday for meetings with government and party leaders on Thursday on resolving the FYROM name issue.

Nimetz will discuss the framework he presented on January 17 to resolve the issue that has been affecting Greek-FYROM relations for the last 25 years. He is expected to meet with FYROM president Gjorge Ivanov, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, main opposition party (VMRO-DPMNE) Hristijan Mickoski and the leader of the largest Albanian party in the country, Ali Ahmeti.

Nimetz met with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in Athens on Tuesday. In statements following the meeting, the UN envoy said, “I know the [Greek] government is very sincere and energised to reach a solution to the problem. There are difficult issues; as we know this dispute has been around for a long time. I think there is a will [in Athens] and I believe also in Skopje to try to reach a settlement,” he added.