United Nations.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
During their meeting on Friday, at the UN headquarters, Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias also touched upon the name issue between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
UN Special Negotiator for the name issue, Matthew Nimitz, who attended the meeting between Guterres and Kotzias, met on Friday for an hour with the Greek Foreign Minister. Speaking to the “Greek News” after the meeting, Ambassador Nimitz said he had a good talk with the Foreign Minister.
“I have talked with few times over the past year. I am looking forward having more activity on this issue. Hopefully there will be a government in Skopje soon and after that I hope to come to the region and see if we can get some constructive work done on the name issue.”
Nimitz told the “Greek News” he has given some material to Antonio Guterres that he helped to prepare.
“He is very interested in this issue. Of course he knows this issue from his background (as PM of Portugal) and I will be attending the meeting later on, with the SG and the Greek FM. We see if he has anything interesting to say.”
Replying to a question on the internal situation in Skopje, Nimitz said “it is important to have two functioning governments in both countries and if you are a mediator, there is no point in trying to mediate if one of the parties has no government.”