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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-24

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  • [01] Bakoyannis, Nimetz meeting

  • [01] Bakoyannis, Nimetz meeting

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis emphasised in New York City on Wednesday that Athens will continue negotiations on the thorny FYROM "name issue" under the UN auspices, following her scheduled meeting with UN mediator Matthew Nimetz.

    In his comments after the roughly 10-minute meeting, Nimetz again underlined that his mandate involves only a solution for the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), the provisional name under which the landlocked former Yugoslav republic is still recognised by the United Nations.

    Moreover, the veteran US diplomat also told waiting reporters outside Greece's permanent UN mission in Manhattan that the United Nations does not deal in issues dealing with "national identities".

    Furthermore, Nimetz referred to a sincere "political volition" on the part of the Greek government for a mutually acceptable solution to the "name issue", whereas he responded to a press question by acknowledging that there are "different views" within FYROM.

    In her statements, Bakoyannis said negotiations will continue on the substance of the issue with each country's negotiators next week or the week after that, as a date has not be finalised as yet.

    "The Greek side again had the opportunity to clearly state its productive stance to the mediator, as well as its volition to find a mutually acceptable solution to Skopje name issue. I also had the opportunity to again fully and clearly detail Greece's positions to Mr. Nimetz."

    Finally, Bakoyannis, who arrived here for a marathon round of meetings with high-ranking foreign dignitaries and diplomats on the sidelines of the 63rd UN General Assembly, again stressed that Athens desires a solution "without winners and losers".

    Caption: Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis (L) with UN mediator for the FYROM 'name issue' Matthew Nimetz in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008. ANA-MPA / DIMITRIS PANAGOS

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