11 November, 2004
New York 11/11/2004 (ANA/P. Panagiotou)
Greece's permanent representative to the United Nations, ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, on Tuesday briefed UN secretary general Kofi Annan, at the latter's request, on the latest developments in the FYROM issue and on the Greek governments positions and intentions following the US' recent recognition of FYROM with its disputed constitutional name of 'Republic of Macedonia'.
According to diplomatic sources, Annan is also expected to meet with FYROM's permanent representative to the UN, for the purpose of continuing the ongoing UN-sponsored negotiations between Greece and FYROM aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue. The talks, coordinated by UN special mediator Matthew Nimetz, have been ongoing for more than a decade, and Greece and FYROM recently agreed -- before the US move -- to speed up the talks.
On Friday, Annan's spokesman Fred Eckhard had stated that the US action would not influence the long-term UN efforts for a solution.
Source: Athens News Agency