Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. EPA, Martin Sylvest
Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Greece-FYROM agreement on the name issue but expressed concern over its reception by the public, in a statement to the Athens-Macedonian New Agency (ANA).
“I am very much encouraged by the fact that both sides have agreed to resolve this longstanding name issue. At the same time I am also concerned that there is certain discontent among the people,” Ban Ki-moon told ANA.
“I sincerely hope that this name issue will be resolved once and for all as soon as possible. This name issue has been preventing both countries from promoting a concilatory and much more cooperative relationship. At the same it has also affected both countries in extending the cooperative relationship not only among Europeans but other countries; of course the United Nations too. I sincerely hope that they will make the final push,” he added.