Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis on Monday called on the leadership of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to enter the latest round of UN-sponsored talks on the nagging “name issue” with a different approach from that it has adopted at previous meetings.
Bakoyiannis made the statement on the same day that talks recommenced in Geneva between diplomatic representatives of both countries, Amb. Adamantios Vassilakis and Amb. Zoran Jolevski, with UN special envoy Matthew Nimetz mediating.
“They (the Skopje government’s leadership) have received the message from all European and NATO (member-states’) governments. I trust that they will arrive with a different political rationale in this current negotiation than in the past, so that they, also, will seek out a mutually acceptable name,” the Greek foreign minister said .
Asked about the possibility of a meeting with the FYROM Foreign Minister, Antonio Milososki, on the sidelines of an upcoming informal OSCE foreign ministers’ meeting on Corfu, Bakoyiannis said Milososki’s office has requested such a meeting.
“I will try to meet with him,” Bakoyannis said, adding that confirmed one-on-one meetings have been organised with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu.
The talks between the two south Balkan neighbours will resume in the Swiss city in the early afternoon on Monday, following a four-month suspension due to presidential elections in the one-time Yugoslav republic and European Parliament elections in Greece earlier this month.