DECLARATION OF FRIENDSHIP WITH GREECE
Macedonia offered neighbouring Greece a joint declaration of friendship and good neighbourly relations, as negotiators of both countries met in Ohrid for a new round of talks on name differences.
Macedonian Foreign Minister Antionio Miloshoski put forward the draft during the closed-door talks that kicked off Monday in government's villa in Ohrid, Makfax news agency said.
The draft, due to be signed by foreign ministers of Macedonia and Greece, will be on the agenda of Ohrid meeting.
The declaration states that the Republic of Macedonia would reconfirm its stance that it will never have any territorial claims towards the southern neighbour.
Furthermore, the draft-declaration envisages formation of a joint education-history panel, made up of historians, experts and NGOs representatives, who are to exchange views and share the facts that are disputable by any one of the two parties involved.
Macedonia expects a positive signal regarding the draft-declaration. Greek Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis is likely to announce Greece's position after the completion of today's talks in Ohrid.
MD: This meeting, for the first time held outside of New York did not lead to a new proposal on the name, but negotiator Nimetz said that there has been made some progress.