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Greece and FYROM in renewed bid to resolve name dispute

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By Alasdair Sandford, euronews
 
Senior ministers meeting in Athens resolve to settle the long-standing dispute over FYROM’s name within six months.
A renewed push is underway to resolve a 25-year-old dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s name.

After a meeting in Athens, the Greek foreign minister and FYROM’s deputy prime minister for European Affairs said both sides were committed to resolving the issue within six months.

The dispute has held up FYROM’s aspirations of joining the European Union. Greece has blocked the ex-Yugoslav republic’s attempts to join NATO and objects to its EU membership bid, arguing that the word Macedonia implies a territorial claim over Greece’s northerly region of the same name.

“2018 is a golden year for opportunity for my country to make progress in terms of Euro-Atlantic integration. That is why we are committed to finding a solution,” said Bujar Osmani, FYROM’s deputy prime minister responsible for European affairs. He added that there was “sincerity and commitment” by Greece to resolve the issue.

 

During my official , I had very open and honest discussion w/ @gkatr and w/ @NikosKotzias. We are faced with a historic opportunity in 2018 to close the name issue, and we need to show leadership and maturity not to let it pass

Athens says there is now a window of opportunity to find a solution following the election of a more moderate government in Greece’s neighbouring country.

“The issue… is to create conditions for the widest possible consensus to put behind us a problem which has weighed on the country, and the wider region, for the past 25 years,” said Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos.

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