Brussels.- (ANA-MPA/V,Demiris) — Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou met with his counterpart from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), Nikola Gruevski, here on Friday, with the nagging “name issue” reportedly discussed by the two premiers.
The one and a half hour meeting over a working lunch, had been requested by Gruevski and was held in a good climate. Reports said that the two sides reaffirmed their committment to UN sponsored process under mediator Matthew Nimetz.
In statements afterwards, Greek Government Spokesman George Petalotis said that the two leaders proceeded to a review of the process to resolve the “name issue” without however “touching the substance of the talks”.
“On our side, there is a clear volition towards achieving progress and we consider that direct contacts can create a better climate which will have a positive impact on the negotiating process,” Petalotis added.
The Greek spokesman also noted that a mutually accepted solution was indispensable for reinforcing stability in the region, while it would open fYRoM’s road to the Euroatlantic institutions.