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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 

NATO hopes for name solution, says deputy Gottemoeller

NATO hopes for name solution, says deputy Gottemoeller

Athens, 7 March 2018 (MIA) - It is good to see the name issue high on the agenda and we hope for a positive momentum, says NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller in an interview with Greek TV station Skai, MIA reports from Athens.

Regarding Macedonia's NATO accession, she refers to the recent visit of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to Skopje and the stance that "UN-led talks need to move forward, directly working with ambassador Nimetz, towards a solution that is acceptable for all sides."

"We are carefully monitoring, and it is good that the topic is high on the agenda after being on the sidelines in recent years. Therefore, we hope this can create a positive momentum," says Gottemoeller.

Regarding the talks and her personal experience as a negotiator, she says no one knows where they lead to, the processes are slow and difficult, sometimes they move two steps backwards and one step forward, "but you continue to move on and seek for a solution."

Asked if there is a plan B in case of no agreement reached up to the NATO summit in July, Gottemoeller says the Alliance is committed to the open-door policy, which refers not only for Macedonia but all other countries aiming to join NATO. ik/10:23

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