NAME DEAL IN 2010?
The US ambassador to Greece, Daniel Speckhard voiced hope that the burning Athens-Skopje name row will be solved in 2010, local media reported on Friday.
Ambassador Speckhard noted this in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center, on the theme "Resilience and Transition: Resetting US- Greece Relations," the local Makfax news agency reported.
"I personally hope that next year we will see certain progress. I know that I said this last year but I'm an optimist because this is a political season in Greece's neighbor,” he said referring to the ongoing double presidential and local election in Macedonia.
“In the near future, this issue will be put behind and it will be easier to focus on the essence and to find a solution acceptable to Greece and its neighbour," Ambassador Speckhard said.
The ambassador noted that the United States will continue its engagement in helping both countries, but said both Greece and Macedonia should seek a solution within the framework of the ongoing United Nations talks.