USA – UN welcome agreement on FYROM name, stand ready to support

The United States and the UN have congratulated Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev on their historic agreement to resolve the name dispute, have welcomed the agreement and have expressed readiness to support it.

“The United States congratulates Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev and welcomes the historic agreement to resolve the name dispute,” Under Secretary of State and Spokesperson for the US Department of State Heather Nauert said in a statement.

This resolution, she added, “will benefit both countries and bolster regional security and prosperity.”

According to Nauert “Prime Ministers Zaev and Tsipras demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a mutually acceptable solution.”

“We also commend the commitment of UN mediator Matthew Nimetz for his steadfast efforts over more than two decades to end this dispute,” she noted.

“We stand ready to support this agreement, as requested by the two countries,” Nauerts statement concludes.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres through a statements attributable to his spokesman has also welcomed the agreement.

“He commends the parties for their determination to bring this long-standing dispute to an end, in a demonstration of leadership to the wider region and beyond,” the statement reads.

Guterres also pays tribute to his Personal Envoy Matthew Nimetz, “who embodied the values of perseverance, patience and quiet diplomacy in facilitating this historic agreement over many years.”

“The Secretary-General urges all citizens in both countries to come together to move the process forward,” the statement notes.

It further reiterates “the commitment of the United Nations to provide all necessary support, both through his Personal Envoy and through the relevant UN agencies, funds and programmes.”

The Secretary-General, the statement concludes, “is convinced that the resolution of this long-standing dispute will have positive repercussions in Europe and beyond and hopes that parties to other protracted conflicts may be inspired by this development to work towards negotiated settlements without further delay.”

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced on Tuesday in a televised address that FYROM has agreed to be called Severna Makedonija (“Republic of North Macedonia”) as part of an agreement to settle the name dispute between the two nations. The agreement will be signed by the foreign ministers of both countries and will then head to FYROMs parliament for approval.

Source: Cyprus News Agency