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Avramopoulos: “We support Nimetz’s effort of the issue of fYROM”

January 9, 2013

Ta Nea, 09.01.2013 (Translated from the Greek original by B.S.)

Greece’s support to the mission and the efforts of mr. Nimetz to achieve progress in the issue of the name of fYROM was repeated by the [Greek] Minister of Foreign Affairs during the meeting he had with the UN envoy.

Mr. Avramopoulos informed the envoy about the proposal of Athens for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two sides, that aims at advancing the negotiatory procedure under the UN and it sets the framework and the parameters of the solution.
The intermediary of the UN expressed his pleasure concerning the short discussion he had with the Prime Minister Ant. Samaras, during his meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister, underlining the sincerity of the Greek position.

The stated that the possibility of intensifying the discussions is being examined and reminded that the Greek proposal for the Memorandum “is on the table” and is an “important contribution”.

Answering a question concerning the suitability of the timing, because of the political crisis in Skopje, he observed that the ideal timing does not exist, and therefore “time must be utilised productively”, while he declared that he is an “optimist” because “otherwise he would not do this job”.

The position of SYRIZA-EKM for a composite name with a geographical definition for all uses was underlined by the head of the sector of Foreign Affairs of the party, Rena Dourou, in a statement issued on the occasion of the meetings Nimetz has in Athens.

Mrs. Dourou mentions that “in a period during which various pressions and from various directions are being exercised on Athens so that the issue of the name of fYROM be closed in all haste, SYRIZA-EKM reminds that the only mutually acceptable solution in the framework of the UN is that of the composite name with a geographic definition for all uses (erga omnes)”.


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