02 February, 2008
Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, whose country holds the rotating six-month European Union presidency, reiterated here on Friday the need for finding a solution to the "name issue" still separating the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with FYROM Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki, Rupel said: "At the NATO Summit, which will be held in Bucharest in April, important decisions regarding the three countries ... (Croatia, Albania, FYROM) will be taken. I think that it is necessary to show a disposition for a compromise on the name issue."
Greece has long-standing reservations over the land-locked republic's use of the name "Macedonia", arguing that it conceals irredentist designs against its own northern province of the same name.
UN-sponsored talks are currently taking place between Greece and FYROM over finding a mutually acceptable solution.
Source: Athens News Agency