NIMETZ BACK ON TRACK
The UN mediator in the Greece-Macedonia “name” dispute will visit both countries this week to urge a fresh talks, according to reports.
Matthew Nimetz will visit both Athens and Skopje according to reports by Greece’s state-run NET Television.
Greece recently vetoed Macedonia’s invitation to join NATO at the alliance's summit in Bucharest because of its objections to Skopje’s use of the name 'Republic of Macedonia.' Athens agues it could lead Skopje to make territorial claims over Greece’s own northern province which is also called Macedonia.
Talks over the long-running dispute between the two countries have been ongoing for 15 years under United Nations auspices.
The latest round of talks come after the United States pushed both parties to a quickly resume negotiations after the NATO summit. Last week the U.S. envoy to NATO, Victoria Nuland told media in Skopje that her country is hoping for a solution for the dispute “in days or weeks, not in months.”
On Saturday, Macedonian legislators voted to dissolve parliament and call early elections set for June 1.
While Macedonia’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said he is committed to the name talks, the country’s main opposition, the Social Democrats argued the early elections, which were supported by the ruling parties, would stall efforts in finding a solution to the dispute.
NATO said Macedonia’s invitation will be handed as soon as the row with Greece is solved.
Under Greek pressure, Macedonia entered the United Nations in 1993 using the provisional name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, FYROM.
However more than 120 countries, including the U.S., Russia and Canada, have officially recognised the country as Macedonia.
MD: Again, Macedonia should not continue the talks! But they have big pressure from all sides.