22February2018

DUI MP Grubi says Name issue Already resolved

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Following the meetings in the United States with Congress members and other politicians, as well as the participation in the National Prayer Breakfast, DUI MP Artan Grubi, who is also a member of the National European Integration Council, said that the name issue was already resolved. “The name issue is already resolved. In the coming weeks, only the details should be agreed upon so that the agreement with Greece is a dignified and compromise solution for both sides,” he stated. On the other hand, Deputy PM Radmila Sekerinska said that assessment was not correct. “It seems that Grubi is a big optimist,” she told 24 TV. As Sekerinska added, it’s early to say that only the details remain until there is no proposal on the table. “I would be much more cautious,” she pointed out. VMRO-DPMNE accused Sekerinska’s party, SDSM, and DUI, of harming the name issue. The dispute was one of the topics discussed at the meeting between Greek FM Nikos Kotzias and Demetris Syllouris, as the Cypriot PS tweeted. In an interview with a Greek news agency, Syllouris declined to present a stand or comment on the matter. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos continued to level irredentism accusations against Skopje. According to Greek government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, Kotzias and counterpart Nikola Dimitrov will discuss all open issues. In his view, there is a need for a change of the constitutional name, but also a revision of potential provisions in the Constitution that allude to irredentism. In a comment for Kathimerini, Tom Ellis wrote that the continuation of “this diplomatic dead-end” regarding the name issue “harms us on two fronts.” The first, as he stated, concerns the relationship with Greece’s northern neighbour, while the second has to do with the role and influence being cultivated by Turkey.

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

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