Merkel-Nimetz meeting - a serious matter.
It is apparent that the course of negotiations regarding the name
between Skopje and Athens is changing and the unexpected meeting between
Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN mediator Matthew Nimetz showed that
Germany is directly getting involved in solving the dispute. On the
other hand, with this turn of events, it is pointed out to Macedonia
that the name issue is not only bilateral but it is also a problem of
the entire European Union. Experts assess that Merkel's and German
diplomacy's involvement in the mediation should be seen as EU
assuming concrete responsibility. They say that the compromise is
entering a final phase and the negotiations will not only be carried out
in the hallways of both countries as in the past twenty years.
"The German support is received very difficultly because the
German diplomacy is traditionally acting cautiously when the bilateral
disputes are at issue," said Professor Denko Maleski.
His counterpart Stevo Pendarovski assesses that Germany activated
the diplomatic machinery for a swifter name solution.
"This shows that Germany has decided to undertake the steering
wheel for reaching a name compromise, similarly as in the
Serbian-Kosovar dispute. Such a swift and unexpected stance of
Chancellor Merkel shows that the problem is being discussed in the
highest centers of the EU and it is something unseen in the history of
this long-standing dispute," Pendarovski stated. R.K.