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Tzanakopoulos confident in positive outcome of Athens-Skopje name talks

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I am optimistic that a deal can be reached with the neighboring country in the decades-old name row, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos says in an interview with newspaper ‘Nea Selida’, published on Sunday.

‘The negotiations and a political decision for resolving the name dispute are not simple. Mr (PM Zoran) Zaev should consider all aspects and undertake great responsibility before his fellow-citizens, something I am certain he will do. I don’t know if some representatives of fYRoM’s political leadership wish to thwart the possibility for finding a solution. But I am optimistic that at the end of the day Mr Zaev will make the decisive step and we shall come to an agreement,’ Tzanakopoulos says.

Both Zaev and Greek PM Alexis Tsipras are aware the solution is ‘a necessary prerequisite for the future cooperation and stability in the Balkan region.’

Tsipras and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias have secured all the necessary safeguards to ensure that Skopje will implement everything it agreed to, Tzanakopoulos says.