After meeting the negotiators of Macedonia and Greece, Vasko Nuamovski and Adamantios Vassilakis, in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday, UN mediator Matthew Nimetz said no progress had been made in the resolution of the dispute. He also informed that he did not put forward a new proposal and that he merely discussed with the negotiators some of the ideas tabled in the past.
"Both parties reiterated their sincere wish to see this dispute resolved, to develop good relations, peace and stability in the region. We all know this is a very difficult issue. We have not made any progress today but we are determined to continue talking in the months ahead. We discussed certain ideas from the past, how successful they can be and how they could change to be better," Ambassador Nimetz said.
He also said he hoped that Macedonia and Greece now have better understanding of the points the other party found critical. Macedonia negotiator Naumovski reiterated Macedonia's readiness for holding talks at a higher level to help resolve the dispute. Greece has long been rejecting this proposal.