Nimetz to make new name proposal to Greece and FYROM, say unconfirmed reports

United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz is due to submit soon a new name proposal aimed at settling the dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), which will see the neighboring country called Republic of Upper Macedonia, according to reports in Skopje.

The reports, which are unconfirmed, suggest that the country’s residents will be termed «Citizens of Upper Macedonia.”

The Greek Foreign Ministry said that neither it, nor the Greek negotiator for the name issue Adamantios Vassilakis, have been informed of any specific proposal.

Nimetz last visited Athens and Skopje in July, when he appeared hopeful of striking on a solution that would be acceptable for both sides.

“Given the fact that there is a common desire to solve the issue and some ideas floating around that may be the basis for some solution, I do think that this is an issue that will get resolved,” Nimetz said at the time.

“Exactly when I cannot say,” he added.

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