Greece and FYROM hold positive talks over naming dispute
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his counterpart Nikola Dimitrov held a joint press conference yesterday regarding negotiations to resolve the long-running dispute over the Balkan country’s name. Greece objects to the name ‘Macedonia’ being part of the official name. Kotzias' visit to Skopje marked the beginning of substantial negotiations are expected to gather pace in October.
Kotzias and Dimitrov both reiterated that they were commited to working on improving relations and cooperation. FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has pledged to push to join NATO and the European Union so finding a solution to the dispute will do the country’s prospects no harm.
Skopje expects 'help and support for European integration.' Kotzias emphasised Greece’s support to all countries in the western Balkan countries in their EU and NATO aspirations, but insisted that this will happen on the condition that irredentist rhetoric is scrapped and the name dispute resolved.