Friday, February 12, 2010

UN envoy to hold talks on Macedonia name issue

The United Nations envoy tasked with mediating talks between Greece and Macedonia in the dispute over the latter’s name will travel to the region later this month for further discussions, it was announced today.
Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks, will meet with officials in Skopje on 23-24 February before travelling to Athens on 26 February.

The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the Macedonia and Greece on the name issue. It also obliges the two countries to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement.

Since 1999, Matthew Nimetz, the UN’s Personal Envoy on the issue, has been holding talks with the two sides and proposed compromise names.

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