United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz welcomed the announcement by Prime Ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras on finding a mutually acceptable solution to the decades-long name dispute.

Mr Nimitz said it had been an honour mediating between the two countries and commended the two foreign ministers who demonstrated leadership, vision and determination in the negotiating process and never faltered in their efforts to reach a mutually beneficial solution for their own nations and also for the broader region.

“I would like to congratulate the parties for reaching a successful conclusion to the talks and for resolving the difference between them.
I have no doubt this agreement will lead to a period of enhanced relations between the two neighbouring countries and especially between their people. In that context, I am encouraged by the dedication of both governments to deliver mutual benefits for all their citizens through the establishment of a strategic partnership as a basis for intensified cooperation across all sectors”, said the mediator in a written statement.

Nimetz also said  he was honoured to have had the role of facilitator between the two parties and paid tribute to the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres for his unwavering support and to other colleagues in the United Nations, for their valuable contributions to the process.