Rapid Developments: What will Skopje’s answer to the proposals of Athens be?

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SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev confirmed today that Greece’s draft agreement on the settlement of the name issue has reached Skopje in the past few days, while, as he added, his country replied and sent its own proposals to Athens.

According to him, the exchange of documents between the two countries should be a tool that will help and will not make it difficult to continue the negotiation process that will continue in Vienna (under the aegis of the UN) on 30 March.

Foreign Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov, who reported that Skopje delivered his own proposals in Athens this afternoon, also made statements on the same issue.

Nikola Dimitrov added that there are differences in the positions of the two countries, but expressed the optimism that a solution to the name issue could be found.

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“We are convinced that if the aim is to find a viable and dignified solution to overcome the name dispute, which will contain a clear separation between our country, Macedonia and the region of Greek Macedonia, then that can be achieved,” noted Dimitrov.

Finally, Nikolim Dimitrov said he is looking forward to the visit of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias to Skopje. Mr Kotzias will travel to Skopje on Thursday afternoon for a two-day visit.

Translated from Crash Magazine Online.

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