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Greece, FYROM hope for United Nations proposal this month in…

Greece, FYROM hope for United Nations proposal this month in…

Optimism is ruling in FYROM about a solution to the name dispute.

The groups will be led by the country's foreign ministers.

Many countries including Turkey recognize Macedonia with its present name.

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has also given top priority to resolving the dispute, which has hampered Macedonia's bid to join the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Dimitrov met his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, on Thursday in Thessaloniki to discuss ways to move forward in the long-standing dispute.

Diplomats in Athens said on January 11 that the United Nations mediator might suggest the name "New Macedonia" as a compromise solution.

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Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, who visited Athens recently, defined 2018 as a "historic year" for bilateral relations. Success in resolving the issue would open Macedonia's path towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union membership, which has been blocked by Athens.

"It is a national issue that can not leave the Church of Greece indifferent", Ieronymos told the Board of the Holy Synod that was summoned last night (local time) with the participation of four Bishops from Northern Greece, all opposing to the inclusion of any term that related to the "Macedonia" name in the new FYROM title. Local media have also announced the stance of the Greek Orthodox Church, according to which, the name "Macedonia" is not accepted as a solution.

In his letter, Tsipras reassured Ieronymos that these concerns, especially the ecclesiastical ones, will be taken into consideration by the government during the negotiations with Skopje and called on religious authorities to contribute, "in a spirit of unity", to the government's efforts to resolve the decades-old name dispute and other national issues.

Skopje insists that designation was never meant to be permanent.


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