Zaev sees convergence in name ne­go­ti­a­tions

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Greece and the For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia have achieved convergence on three of the seven top­ics be­ing dis­cussed in the ne­go­ti­a­tions aimed at set­tling the name dis­pute be­tween the two coun­tries, FYROM Prime Min­is­ter Zo­ran Zaev said yes­ter­day.

Zaev also said that he is hope­ful Athens and Skopje will soon agree on the four other is­sues be­ing de­lib­er­ated.

“I’m glad that es­sen­tially all open is­sues have been dis­sected,” he said ac­cord­ing to the MIA news agency in Skopje. “Hav­ing been launched with seven start­ing po­si­tions, I know now that they have been re­duced to four po­si­tions, mean­ing three have been set­tled,” Zaev stated.

Re­cently, Greek For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias had re­cently iden­ti­fied the seven top­ics that need to be ad­dressed as: the name, its gen­eral use and use in trade, FYROM’s lan­guage, the iden­tity of its cit­i­zens, the acronym that will ap­ply and any ab­bre­vi­a­tion that will be used.

“Un­der­stand­ably, the key po­si­tions are vi­tal, i.e. the name, the con­sti­tu­tion – whether it is go­ing to be changed or not, the lan­guage, and other mat­ters that have been men­tioned. It is the essence of the ne­go­ti­at­ing process it­self,” added Zaev.

His com­ments came af­ter two meet­ings be­tween Kotzias and his FYROM coun­ter­part Nikola Dim­itrov in Vi­enna, Aus­tria, ear­lier this week.

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