Macedonia wants solution to name dispute with Greece to be found August 23, 2011Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
Tags: Greece, Gruevski, Macedonia
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said on Monday Macedonia was ready for finding a solution to the dispute about its name which has been poisoning relations with Athens for nearly 20 years, Agence France-Presse reported.
“Macedonia is ready to find a solution to the name dispute because that’s in its interest,” he said according to the Macedonian news agency MIA.
“We hope bigger efforts will be made to find a solution and expect Greece to show good will” in that respect, he added.
Greece maintains that the name Macedonia is its national heritage and is preventing the international recognition of its neighbour under that name. This dispute is blocking Skopje on the road to European Union membership. Macedonia was given candidate status in 2005 but has not opened the accession negotiations yet.
The UN’s mediation in the name dispute has not yielded results yet.