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PM Zaev: No leaders’ meeting on name negotiations, only informative meetings


A leaders’ meeting on the course of the name negotiations will probably not take place, because no special breakthrough was made at last week’s Ohrid talks, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

“I believe that most likely there will be meetings, in fact some sorts of informative meetings at which the foreign minister and myself will inform the president and the opposition leader… It matters to us to inform everybody and to share ideas about the coming strategic steps,” PM Zaev told reporters Monday.

It is necessary not only to inform ourselves, but also to consult each other about the strategies and steps aiming at national unity and consensus over such vital issues, he noted.

Asked about the positions of the ruling government and the opposition in Greece regarding his remarks about the name dispute, Zaev said Macedonia had been running a transparent process.

“It is true that there have been differences from the start, for 27 years, but it is also true that there has been progress in the negotiations. Not everything has been solved. Firstly, however, it’s a good thing that the citizens of the two countries have been pretty informed about what’s going on, and secondly, there have never been better conditions for the negotiating process and there has never been such certainty that the solution could be solved,” stated Zaev.

Asked what would happen if the two parties failed to reach a solution, the Premier said he didn’t even think about not finding a solution.

“In case no solution is found, most probably we will continue to negotiate. I know for a fact that even if we don’t find a solution we must continue to build friendship…I sincerely hope we could reach a solution, we have so much to work for in the future as neighbors and in the interest of the citizens of the two nations,” concluded PM Zaev.