NIMETZ'S LATEST IDEAS
The authorities in Skopje did not release any official statement regarding the latest set of ideas for settlement of the name issue, tabled by UN mediator Matthew Nimetz on Wednesday.
Makfax news agency tried to contact sources in the Government and in President's Cabinet, but none of them was available to make comment.
Macedonia's top official failed to hammer out a common position on the name ahead of the new round of UN-brokered talks held in New York earlier this week.
Asked whether the discord among Macedonia's top officials had a negative impact on the negotiation process, mediator Nimetz said the inner issues do not affect the process he leads.
"My task is to mediate in negotiations between the two countries, both members of the United Nations," Nimetz said on Wednesday.
Greek foreign ministry said they are evaluating "with the necessary care and a constructive approach" the new set of ideas presented by the UN envoy Matthew Nimetz and they "will brief him on their conclusions at a later point."
Greek Kathimerini daily said on Thursday that Greece's initial reaction on Nimetz's proposal is positive. The paper said Skopje also views the proposal as positive.
Nimetz's proposal foresees the name "Republic of Northern Macedonia" to be used in international communication, while the constitutional name of Macedonia to be used within the country and in bilateral relations with third countries which decide to use the name Republic of Macedonia, Kathimerini said.
In passports, the name can be written in three modes: Republic of Northern Macedonia, Republic of Macedonia, Republika Makedonija.
The paper says they only part of Nimetz's proposal that might cause dissatisfaction in Athens is the language to be referred to as "Macedonian".