Nimetz sees chance to hold fresh name talks

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The United Na­tions’ me­di­a­tor in the For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia (FYROM) name dis­pute, Matthew Nimetz, sees some op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­sump­tion of talks be­tween Athens and Skopje.

The UN diplo­mat met in Brus­sels yes­ter­day with For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias and re­ferred af­ter­wards to “pos­si­ble so­lu­tions” to the long-stand­ing dis­pute over Greece’s neigh­bor us­ing the name “Mace­do­nia.”

Nimetz added, though, that he does not ex­pect any­thing sig­nif­i­cant to hap­pen very soon. He said that he would make an ef­fort to restart se­ri­ous dis­cus­sions about re­solv­ing the dis­pute.

The Amer­i­can diplo­mat vis­ited Skopje re­cently but had to travel to Brus­sels to meet Kotzias as the lat­ter was in­volved in the Cyprus peace talks at the time. The Greek min­is­ter said after their meet­ing that the two men would re­main in touch about find­ing a way to “open the process of search­ing for a so­lu­tion.” Kotzias said the talks in Brus­sels were “se­ri­ous and in­ter­est­ing.”

Diplo­matic sources said that fur­ther de­vel­op­ments may fol­low in the fall. Kotzias is due to visit FYROM in Au­gust, fol­low­ing an in­vi­ta­tion from his coun­ter­part, Nikola Dim­itrov, after his visit to Athens in June.

Kotzias said that the new gov­ern­ment in Skopje had shown some good will but that this would now have to trans­late into more tan­gi­ble moves.

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