Skopje was looking forward to the invitation to NATO

© Flickr / keepwaddling1Вид in Skopje. Archival photoSkopje was looking forward to the invitation to NATO© Flickr / keepwaddling1

The new Minister of foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Nikola Dimitrov ahead of his visit to Athens, scheduled for June 14, said that the sooner his country invited into NATO, the better for Greece; he is willing to engage in constructive negotiations to find a solution on the country name.

Greece is blocking FYROM’s accession to NATO and the EU because of the name — Athens achieve the change of the name of the neighboring Republic, that it is not confused with the Greek region of Macedonia. According to Greek authorities, the name «Macedonia» may cause the territorial claims of Skopje. Pending resolution of the dispute Greece needs to call the neighboring country «the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia», under this name enters the country and at the UN.

«The dispute about the name lasts many years. Although in fact it is bilateral, the consequences of his unresolved can jeopardize regional stability. Republic of Macedonia is a long time in limbo, staying in the waiting room at the door of NATO and the EU blocked because of the political isolation against the decision of the International Court in the Hague. This, in turn, opened the way to democratic crisis in the country,» Dimitrov said in an interview with the newspaper «Vima».

According to him, the new reformist government led by Prime Minister Zoran by Sevim intends to overcome this crisis. In Athens the Minister is going after Zaev held in Brussels on Monday, the talks with senior officials of the EU and NATO. Zaev met with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, high representative for foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg. Along with Sevim on the trip were Dimitrov and the new defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska.

According to «Vima», Dimitrov — one of the best connoisseurs of the name issue, as was previously the negotiator, and in the critical period before the NATO summit in Bucharest in April 2008, said in Skopje «must recognize that they have their own share of mistakes.» «For the Hellenic Republic question: what kind of neighbor you want to have? For the Republic of Macedonia, the question is: what kind of neighbor we want to be? The sooner our country will be invited to become a member of NATO, the better the prospects for Greece to have such a state as a neighbor. I am optimistic that we could soon start talks on joining the EU, after so many positive recommendations given by the European Commission», — said the Minister.

The newspaper notes that the main challenge in relations between Athens and Skopje should be the restoration of trust. As reported RIA Novosti, the foreign Ministry of Greece, on Wednesday after the talks, foreign Ministers, Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov, will make a statement to the press. As previously reported RIA Novosti source, the purpose of NATO until the spring of 2018 to take Macedonia into the Alliance.

Skopje was looking forward to the invitation to NATO© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in photobacteria NATO expansion

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