RICE: NAME ISSUE UNLIKELY TO BE RESOLVED QUICKLY
The United States does not believe in quick settlement of the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece even though the U.S. administration has been trying to work with the UN to work out a compromise.
"It is our great hope that this name issue can be resolved. I keep saying quickly - it’s obviously not going to be resolved quickly. But it is important that both sides recognize that whatever happens on the name issue, the real benefit here of the incorporation of Macedonia into NATO - it will benefit NATO, it will benefit Macedonia, it will benefit Greece, it will benefit the Balkans," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said.
"And so Dan Fried, in particular, has been trying to work with Ambassador Nimetz to get a compromise, and we continue to try to do so," she added