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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 

EU's Mogherini views Skopje-Athens dialogue as encouraging

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Sofia, 16 February 2018 (MIA) - The Skopje-Athens dialogue is encouraging and I hope it will soon yield positive results, European Commission High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said Friday in Sofia.

'Bilateral issues, such as the one on the name are rather delicate and the public opinion in both countries is significant. It means that there is a need of political leadership, great courage, decisiveness and clear vision about what's good for own citizens. I am impressed with the ongoing Skopje-Athens dialogue and ready to support it in any way possible. I hope  for a positive result in the near future,' Mogherini told a press conference after the informal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (Gymnich).

Earlier today, the Commissioner of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said the EU 'is confident that Macedonia will solve the name dispute with Greece by the end of June.

Asked by reporters if the name dispute could be solved by the end of Bulgaria's EU Presidency, Commissioner said he was 'very confident about this'.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva also expressed hope that a decision over the opening of Macedonia's accession talks would be taken at the European Council meeting in June.

'Taking into consideration current developments and ongoing talks, I believe there is a big chance for this to happen,' Zaharieva told the press conference.

She added both governments have demonstrated political will to find a permanent solution. lk/16:03

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