Sunday, February 07, 2010

Moratinos: Skopje and Athens are close to name row settlement, Spain ready to help

Speaking to the European Parliament Foreign Policy Committee, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos announced that he would soon visit Skopje, Radio Deutsche Welle - Macedonian language programme reported on Thursday.

Athens and Skopje are close to settling the name row, Moratinos said, pointing out that the new Greek Government's position on the matter is rather satisfactory. Taking MEPs questions, Moratinos said Spain's EU Presidency was ready to do its best to that effect.

- Both parties have been working under the UN auspice, and at the moment it is better for them to talk with each other with the support of the world organization. If European intervention is to be needed, the Spanish Presidency is ready for that. For this purpose I have naturally decided to visit Skopje in the near future and reaffirm this position, Moratinos said.

Referring to other Western Balkan countries, Moratinos said the region would not be forgotten as it was among the priorities of the EU Presidency.

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