You need to be a complete amateur and dilettante to resolve the name dispute without asking for any written assurances that the promise made in return, and in this case, getting a negotiation date, will come true. Zaev apparently did not seek these guarantees in a hurry to make the deal, Aleksandar Nikoloski, VMRO-DPMNE’s vice president, said on Friday.

Last year, there was a conference in Vienna, attended by Reinhard Priebe, who said that even resolving the name dispute is not enough if the reforms he put forward are not implemented. Priebe announced this to the SDSM representatives, Nikoloski said.