The UN has reiterated its calls for a solution to be found between Greece and FYROM over the decades-long naming dispute. Earlier this week, UN mediator Matthew Nimetz stressed the need for intensified talks over the next few weeks between the two countries in order to finally settle the dispute that has divided them for more than 25 years.
Prior to Nimetz’s latest comments, European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn suggested that the dispute could be resolved in the next two weeks, thus paving the way for the beginning of FYROM’s EU accession talks. However, the Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement in response, describing Hahn’s comments as “unfortunate.” FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that such a swift solution would be welcome though he did not expect it. “I would like it very much but I don’t think it’s possible,” he said.
The EU is pushing for a solution for its own benefit, as the union appears over-eager to begin the process of FYROM’s entry into the bloc. However, nothing can begin without a solution.