Macedonian PM: Likely Solution To Name Dispute With Greece In June

Lester Mason
Мая 18, 2018

During their meeting in Sofia, where the EU - Western Balkans summit is taking place on Thursday, Zaev and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras have discussed several options, one of which was found acceptable by both sides, the Macedonian prime minister said. The PM expressed hopes that the naming dispute will be solved before the next meeting of the European leaders in Brussels in June this year.

Greece, an European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, has for years blocked Macedonia's efforts to join both organizations, arguing that its name implies a claim on the Greek province of Macedonia.

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By stating his country's commitment to membership in both worldwide organisations, Zaev implied that he is willing to make concessions to bend Greece's hard stance. Athens has reportedly prepared a package of its own concessions that will also aim to maintain the distinct identity of FYROM's residents.

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