The foreign Ministers of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia issued a joint statement in which they pledged to continue talks aimed at resolving long-standing dispute between the two countries about the name of the country of Macedonia. It is reported by Ekathimerini.
The statement was issued after talks involving the Prime Minister of Greece Nikos Kodzias, his colleagues from FYROM Nikola Dimitrov and the UN negotiator Matthew Nimetz in Vienna. “After constructive meetings in the framework of efforts to find a mutually acceptable solution to the problem of the names of the Ministers of foreign Affairs agreed to continue their efforts under the auspices of the United Nations”, – said in a joint statement.
The Greek side wanted the negotiations with Skopje continued that both countries could agree on the text of the agreement to resolve their dispute.
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The dispute continues since the collapse of Yugoslavia. Athens believe that the country of Macedonia cannot be called Macedonia, because this is one of the provinces of Greece.
At the request of Greece took Macedonia to the UN in 1993 under the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
As a result, in Macedonia promised to hold a referendum on changing the country’s name.