Athens.- Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Friday met DUI President Ali Ahmeti – the head of the Albanian party that is a coalition partner in the FYROM government – who visited Athens accompanied by FYROM Deputy Prime Ministers Musa Xhaferi and Fatmir Besimi.
In statements afterward, Ahmeti noted that the issue of FYROM’s name was a priority for his party, since it was linked to FYROM’s prospects of joining the EU and NATO.
He described his meeting with Kotzias as “very useful” and said he had discerned good will on the part of the Greek foreign minister “in the direction of a solution to the name issue” that he was willing to convey to his coalition partner and FYROM Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in Skopje, “so that all sides express a strong will to solve the problem.”
Ahmeti said that the meeting, which continued over a working luncheon, focused on relations between Greece and FYROM and especially the issue of FYROM’s name, which was very important “so that the Western Balkanks might join NATO and the EU and so that there are good relations between all the neighbouring countries, so that the Balkans are as peaceful and developed as we can have them.”
“We have invested and will invest in the future, so that we have the greatest rapprochement in our positions, reduce the differences between the two countries and reach an compromise as quickly as possible,” he said. With elections coming up in April, his party’s attention was focused on encouraging all sides for a solution of the name dispute, Ahmeti added.