Zaev sees convergence in name negotiations
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.