NIMETZ: NO NEW PROPOSAL, JUST IDEAS
UN mediator on name issue Matthew Nimetz said Tuesday in Skopje that he hasn't brought a new proposal, but several ideas for moving the negotiation process forward.
- I haven't brought a proposal. I believe it is very important to talk and see how far we have gone. However, I have some ideas for advancing the process. I believe it is very important to speed up the talks and make certain decisions, Nimetz said prior to his meeting with Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki.
- The matter is well-known and you cannot expect some magic to resolve it. You should be aware of the problem's complexity and settle it, which requires political action from both sides, Nimetz said, expressing belief that the two countries could settle the row for a short period of time.
Commenting his decision to visit Skopje and Athens after a seven-month break, Nimetz said now was the right time to do this.
- A long time has passed since the election of new Greek Government and I am looking forward to talk with them. We have been arranging these meetings for a while and now is the good time for me to come. The international community really wishes to see a solution to this matter, which is not only bilateral and regional, but also multidimensional, Nimetz said.
This afternoon, Nimetz is scheduled to meet President Gjorge Ivanov, and tomorrow Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. He is heading for Athens on February 26.
The UN envoy last visited Skopje and Athens last July after which he froze talks due to the elections in Greece. Although he announced their continuation right after the Greek government's composition, there were no public activities in the past few months. Nimetz's office has said there were separate communications with the two sides, but would invite them at a joint meeting "if and when he believes, or when both sides believe it could be useful".