SKOPJE (ANA) – Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis held talks with his Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) counterpart Ilida Mitreva here on Saturday and expressed both sides’ willingness to seek a mutually acceptable name for this small Balkan state.
“We are willing to proceed with intensive paces to seek a mutually acceptable name for FYROM in the framework of talks taking place in New York under the auspices of the United Nations,” Molyviatis said, while Mitreva termed the name issue one of “paramount national interest.”
Mitreva also said “we hail the will of the Greek government for talks on an intensive basis. We are also ready just as the Greek side is.”
Molyviatis confirmed Greece’s steadfast and warm support for FYROM’s course towards the European Union during his separate meetings with Mitreva, President Branko Crvenkovski and Prime Minister Kari Kostov.
Referring indirectly to the referendum expected to take place in the country on November 7 on the administrative charter which gives the Albanian minority increased rights, the Greek foreign minister expressed the hope that “there will be no developments or options which could have negative consequences for the country’s accession to the EU.”
The two sides are also close to signing agreements on safeguarding Greek investments, which are the largest foreign investments in the neighbouring country and amount to over 700 million dollars.