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Greek ‘Kathimerini': Merkel urges name dispute settlement

The dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the latter’s name is a “burden” on Europe, reads Greek daily ‘Kathimerini’ in regard to the statement by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel adding that she called for a solution even if it would leave both sides disappointed.

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“We can find a way to solve this problem,” Merkel said at the annual meeting of the Brdo-Brioni Process between leaders of Southeastern European countries. “I have spent time on this issue and the names and possible combinations but sometimes I think there is nothing else to be proposed,” Kathimerini reports the statement.

This is her second major involvement in the name dispute. Last November she held talks with the United Nation’s mediator for the issue, Matthew Nimetz, in Berlin, daily reads.

“In Germany we say that a compromise has been achieved when each side is equally unhappy,” said Merkel from the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, adding that a solution of the name issue would allow Macedonia to progress with its efforts to join the European Union and NATO.

Greek diplomats were concerned recently that Macedonia’s attempt to join NATO would be raised again at the Alliance’s upcoming September summit in Cardiff, Wales, but NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the enlargement of the alliance will not be on the agenda, Kathimerini reads.