U.N. envoy sees basis for solution of Greece-Macedonia name dispute

11:58, February 27, 2010      

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Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou (L) shakes hands with UN Secretary General's special mediator Matthew Nimetz in Athens, capital of Greece, Feb. 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)

United Nations special envoy Matthew Nimetz said Friday that there is a basis on which Greece and Macedonia could work to solve their ongoing name dispute.

After wrapping up a visit to Skopje, the Macedonian capital, earlier this week, Nimetz is in Greece for a round of talks concerning the dispute.

After meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, Nimetz said he informed the Greek side of his consultations in Skopje as well as his own thoughts regarding the process of solving the issue.

"It was a very good, open and honest dialogue" Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Gregory Delavekouras said.

He aid it was hoped that "the positive message of Greece is beginning to be understood and positive changes could ultimately reach the negotiating table."

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