Interview 17 Jan 18

Macedonia, Greece, ‘Must Seize Historic Opportunity’ – Dimitrov

In an interview with BIRN, Macedonia’s foreign minister, Nikola Dimitrov, says the two countries have a duty to use the current momentum to finally resolve their ancient disputes.

Ana Petruseva
Macedonia's Foreign Minister, Nikola Dimitrov. Photo: BIRN

Greece and Macedonia appear to be on the same page as never before in terms of their wish to resolve the dispute that has kept Macedonia stuck in the waiting rooms of NATO and the EU for a decade.

Macedonia is now on a tight deadline, hoping to get a green light to start EU membership talks and an invitation to join NATO this summer. But Greece has to agree to this first.

Macedonia’s Foreign Minister, Nikola Dimitrov, often describes himself as “cautiously optimistic”. Unlike some other colleagues in the government, who have created an impression that a resolution to the “name” feud with Greece is imminent, Dimitrov acknowledges the risk that this issue might have to wait a more opportune time.

But he also says that both Skopje and Athens have a duty to do their best to use the current momentum.

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