The Greek foreign minister is to visit FYROM’s capital Skopje later this week as negotiations over the long-running dispute continue. Nikos Kotzias will meet his counterpart Nikola Dimitrov on Thursday as efforts to find a solution rumble on.
Progress has been made after FYROM made a ‘goodwill’ gesture by renaming their international airport, which had up until now been named ‘Alexander the Great’. Kotzias’ visit will mark the first direct flight between the two countries in over a decade.
However, despite the progress, the sticking point of the country’s official name still remains. Greece remains opposed to any use of the word ‘Macedonia’. Reports indicate that Kotzias will be putting forward five proposals. Greece also insists on a change in FYROM’s constitution for progress to continue, which is something FYROM are yet to relent to.
In other related news, thousands of protestors gathered near the UN in New York to protest against the use of the word ‘Macedonia’ in any potential agreement.