Apart from the name issue, there are other “auxiliary” issues that will be the topic of discussion at the upcoming meetings with the Macedonian authorities, said longtime US mediator Matthew Nimetz for Greek national television.
– There are other auxiliary issues in addition to the name issue, such as its use, the issue of identity, something that is a cause of serious concern by the northern neighbor, and we all need to be extremely sensitive about it. There is concern in Greece, on issues of history, ownership of historical heritage, textbooks. These additional questions we know are important, but I think there are solutions for them, says Nimitz.
Such a statement by Nimetz ahead of the scheduled negotiations that should start on Wednesday throw a new light on this dispute and the government’s willingness to make huge concessions to Athens so that the ultimate solution is not only the change of the name, but also the complete change of the identity of Macedonia and the Macedonian people.
Although Zaev urges the entire Macedonian public that the identity is not a topic of discussion, however, ratifying the agreement with Bulgaria, where we gave up our history and language in favor of Bulgaria, as well as the Macedonian minority living in the territory of Bulgaria, does not give optimism that the identity is not part of these negotiations.
Also interesting in this statement is the possible shift in history and textbooks in favor of Greece. The procedures planned for by the Zaev government are almost the same as with Bulgaria. Change and acceptance of almost all the conditions set by the other side are aimed at a final shameful disfiguring of Macedonia and the Macedonian people.
Nimetz in his speech on the Greek National Television also points out that there will be no new name proposal, but it will be a proposal from some old solutions that were previously mentioned in the past.