- Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:28 PM
Skopje, 17 May 2018 (MIA) – The option for settling the name issue, which could be acceptable for both parties, is a complete solution, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told reporters Thursday in regard to today’s meeting in Sofia with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras.
Speaking at a joint press conference with his British Prime Minister Theresa May, Zaev said Macedonia and Greece developed irreversible friendship that would advance further.
‘Citizens, institutions from both countries have been cooperating, the confidence is being restored. I sincerely believe that we are able to find a solution. The option that could be acceptable for both parties is a complete (all-inclusive) solution. Naturally the consultations on the matter are resuming in both countries internally to find out if this solution could be acceptable for the two sides,’ Zaev said.
British PM May affirmed her country’s fill support of a name issue settlement, saying that it would bring clear benefits to both Macedonia and Greece, and also to the region as a whole.
‘Just 18 months after Parliamentary elections, we’re already seeing significant changes and a government that is working hard to uphold the rule of law, reach out to its neighbours and make progress in negotiations on the name issue. I know that both Macedonia and Greece are working closely to find a solution and this requires political courage and a willingness to make difficult decisions. Resolution will bring clear benefits to both countries and also to the region as a whole. And you can rely on the UK’s full support in this," May said.
In regard to the Russian influence in the region, May said Britain was familiar with those developments. She mentioned the Salisbury nerve agent attack and underlined the need of joint response to such activities.
It is important for all of us to work together on countering the Russian influence in the Western Balkan region, May said, notifying that the support Britain got from Macedonia and other countries (in regard with the nerve agent attack) was rather significant for official London. lk/19:27
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