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Meeting of Macedonia, Greece name negotiations with UN's Nimetz postponed

Meeting of Macedonia, Greece name negotiations with UN

Skopje/Athens, 15 November 2017 (MIA) - A meeting of name representatives of Greece and Macedonia with UN name envoy Matthew Nimetz, which should have taken place on November 20 or 21, has been postponed and rescheduled for December, diplomatic sources engaged in the name talks tell MIA.

No details have been provided yet over the reasons for postponing it. 

Greek media have reported that in the meeting, scheduled after a prolonged hiatus, Nimetz was supposed to put forward a concrete proposal for resolving the name dispute.

Athens expects after the Zoran Zaev’s victory in the local elections and stabilization of his government, Macedonia to continue with the acts of “goodwill” to show that it will leave irredentism as changing the name of Skopje Airport and removing the monuments erected during Nikola Gruevski’s rule, Radio Athens 9.84, Real.gr and Iefimerida reported.

Also, Kathimerini said Macedonia's Deputy PM for EU affairs Bujar Osmani will visit Athens next week, where he is set to hold talks with top Greek officials. Citing analysts, the newspaper said it was expected representatives of the two countries to heighten their activities, i.e. meetings, starting next year.

The Greek daily fell short of noting whether Osmani's visit is part of the efforts made to solve the name issue or whether it will be realized with regard to other spheres of the Macedonia-Greece relations. ba/sk/12:48

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