Taking time out of his busy schedule, Nimetz sat with TV host Vladimir Mircheski of "360 Stepeni" to discuss the need for the FYROM to resolve the "Macedonia name dispute" and to move towards its European integration.
Athens insists that the name "Republic of Macedonia" inherently suggests territorial ambitions beyond its neighbour’s existing borders into the northern Greek province which is also named "Macedonia." In the video, Nimetz touched upon Greece's concerns of irredentism which was a deeply-entrenched aspiration of the previous ultra-nationalist government of Nikola Gruevski.
Nimetz's last official visit to Skopje and Athens took place in July 2014, during which he did not bring any fresh proposal for a solution to the dispute.
Dimitrov received a warm welcome in Athens, but his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias reiterated that settlement of the 'name' dispute is crucial if Greece is to support Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
Source: Staff Reporter | Video: 360 Stepeni