World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Greece, Macedonia to talk on name

Greece, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Hold UN-Led Talks on Name

New York, Dec 5 2007 2:00PM

Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have agreed to hold a fresh round of direct talks next month over the official name of the latter country and related issues following consultations by a United Nations envoy in the two capitals this week.

Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, held talks today with senior Greek officials in Athens, two days after he conducted similar meetings in Skopje.

The first round of fresh talks will take place in Skopje next month and will be hosted by Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters. It will be the first time that direct talks in the UN-brokered process are being held in the region, rather than in New York.

Ms. Okabe said a second round of talks will be hosted later by Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis in Athens.

Today Mr. Nimetz met with Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, Ms. Bakoyannis, opposition leader George Papandreou and other officials.

He found heightened concern in the region about the possibility of deteriorating relations between the two countries as a result of the “name issue.” But Mr. Nimetz noted that there was also recognition of the positive developments that could ensue if a solution is reached.

Mr. Nimetz’s consultations this week follow a meeting he initiated in New York early last month between representatives of the two countries.

The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries regarding the official name of the former Yugoslav republic. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement on their dispute.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news