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Thursday, April 26, 2018, 

Ivanov: I've always been realistic involving name row settlement

Skopje, 1 November 2013 (MIA) - President Gjorge Ivanov said Friday he was neither pessimistic nor optimistic, instead he was realistic when it came to the name dispute and the possibility of resolving it.

"During my tenure as president, I've never been pessimistic or optimistic, I've always been a realist. Being realistic, we all know the statement made by Mr Nimetz, who is thoroughly informed in the entire process. Thus I have nothing to add to Nimetz's comments," Ivanov said when asked whether Macedonia and Greece at the moment were very close to finding a name solution as it was claimed by DUI leader Ali Ahmeti in a recent interview with Alsat M TV station.

Asked whether he would run for second term, Ivanov said: "When the time is right, I will announce my decision to the citizens."

In connection to the possibility of pardoning the journalist Tomislav Kezarovski if such a procedure was to be launched by the Ministry of Justice, President Ivanov said laws and the Constitution would be respected.

"I have never commented on court verdict during my term as president, nor I intend to do so. I respect everything that is in compliance with the law and the Constitution. A commission is formed in my cabinet tasked with reviewing these issues and when an initiative will be launched (for pardoning) it will reach a decision that I intend to accept in line with the positions of the Justice Ministry," President Gjorge Ivanov noted. ba/14:36

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