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Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, following his talks with his counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov, in the presence of the UN Secretary General’s personal envoy, Matthew Nimetz (Vienna, 30 March 2018)

Friday, 30 March 2018

Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, following his talks with his counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov, in the presence of the UN Secretary General’s personal envoy, Matthew Nimetz (Vienna, 30 March 2018)REPORTER: Minister, a round of consultations on the Skopje name issue was completed, lasting almost a week. Leaving here, are we closer to a solution?

N. KOTZIAS: I think the steps we are taking are difficult, but every step brings us closer to the possibility of a solution.

REPORTER: Has there been any convergence of views on the major issues on which the two countries disagree?

N. KOTZIAS: There has been a convergence of views on the method through which we will resolve the issue. We have set down in detail what we agree on and what we disagree on. We have identified what the key issues are for each side, and I hope that, at the next meeting, we will be ready to take a major step. I also want to mention the excellent work done by our diplomats, who, in parallel to our talks on the resolution of the name issue, shaped the future agenda for the two states’ cooperation and common course, provided that, as is my hope, the name issue is resolved.

REPORTER: Is there any plan for the next meeting on the level of Ministers?

N. KOTZIAS: Yes, there is planning and agreement on all the necessary steps. Thank you very much.

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