Osmani meets Kotzias and Katrougalos in Athens

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Following Tuesday’s meetings in Athens with Greek FM Nikos Kotzias and Alternate FM Georgios Katrougalos, the Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani said there was a historic chance for the name dispute to be ended. “2018 represents a historic chance to overcome the misunderstanding over the use of our country’s name. As politicians who’ve been given the trust to lead their citizens, we have an obligation to show maturity and seriousness and not to miss this chance,” he noted. As Osmani and his Greek hosts assessed, there has been exceptional progress in the two neighbouring countries’ communications. In the next period, the confidence-building measures in the fields of economy, culture, education, ecology, cross-border cooperation will be strengthened.  During Osmani’s meetings, Golden Dawn organised a protest outside the Greek Foreign Ministry building, accusing SYRIZA of having treacherous plans. The new round of name issue talks will take place in New York on 17 January. The Greek Foreign Ministry told MTV1 TV that it was a rule for the name talks to be held with minimum media coverage. Before Osmani’s visit, Kotzias had said his country was in favour of a compound name with a geographical qualifier. As he explained, coalition partner Panos Kammenos, who is the Defence Minister, opposes the use of the word “Macedonia” in Greek. According to Kotzias, a referendum on the potential resolution is not needed in Greece.

(Kanal 5; Sitel; Telma; Alfa; MTV1; MIA; Makfax)