The President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is blaming Greece for stalled talks over what permanent and official name would be accepted for his country.
Gjorge Ivanov said he was glad that European Union officials are weighing in on talks that have stalled for two decades, since Greece first allowed the use of the name FYROM – but which included the word “Macedonia” it’s being trying to take back ever since.
“The direct involvement of powerful European countries in overcoming the problem, which relates to our country’s accession to the European Union, is welcome so we can overcome this status quo,” he told FYROM daily Dnevnik.
But Ivanov accused Greece of “not contributing” to finding a mutually acceptable solution although FYROM, whose entry into NATO and the EU is being barred by Greece’s veto, has agitated tension by naming its airport for Alexander the Great which it claims was not Greek.
United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz visited both countries this week but did not make any new proposal for settling the dispute. He said he was optimistic, as he often does, although there hasn’t been an iota of progress over the many years he’s tried to get the two countries to agree on a mutually-acceptable name.