“Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov met late in the afternoon with Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Early on Monday Mogherini is most likely to brief ministers of 28 EU member states on name negotiation process.
Macedonian and Greek foreign ministers Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias arrived in Brussels however no details are revealed on their possible meeting.” (Nezavisen)
“NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed hope that Greece and Macedonia can find a solution to a decades-old dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav republic so that an invitation to join the alliance can be issued to Skopje.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL on May 25, Stolenberg said that it doesn’t “take that long” to become a full member after the invitation has been extended.
Greece, an EU and NATO member, has for years blocked Macedonia’s efforts to join both organizations, arguing that its name implies a claim on the Greek province of Macedonia.
Stoltenberg said that it was ‘extremely important to support the efforts to solve the name issue and I hope that Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are able to find a solution because then we will extend an invitation to Skopje to become a member of NATO.’” (RFE/RL)
“If I have political responsibility, the name dispute will be resolved when I consider that the solution will serve national interests, says the Greek opposition New Democracy, Kiryakos Mitsotakis, in an interview with Greek Sky TV about what his steps in the name talks, if they become prime minister, and if the negotiations now do not bring a deal.
‘We have lived with this problem for twenty years,with this unresolved issue, so we can live for another 2-3 years.If I have political responsibility, the name dispute will be resolved when I consider that the solution will serve national interests’ – says Mitsotakis and adds that his party never said that he does not want a solution, but it is necessary to comply with the Greek conditions.” (translated from Nova Makedonija)