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Two-day talks in New York on Macedonia name dispute come to an end February 10, 2011

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Two-day talks in New York on Macedonia name dispute come to an endPhoto: Reuters

Matthew Nimetz, the United Nations mediator in the dispute between Athens and Skopje about the use of the name Macedonia wrapped up two days of discussions in New York with representatives of both sides on February 9 2011.

Since 1999, Nimetz has been holding talks with Greece and Macedonia and has and proposed compromise names in his capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for the talks.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters that the purpose of the meeting was to give the parties an opportunity to present – to Nimetz and to each other – the respective positions of their governments regarding the differences between them, the UN News Service reported.

The meeting also sought to ascertain whether there are areas that should be explored further and “to determine the next steps in the process with the overall goal of reaching a speedy resolution to the name issue,” Nesirky said.

 

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