The decision by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to table a proposal in the name talks that had not been on the negotiation table before has created new hurdles in the attempt being made by Athens and Skopje to reach an agreement.
The fate of the negotiations between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) aimed at settling the name issue seems to now be in the hands of the two countries’ prime ministers, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev.
A crucial two months for Greek–Turkish relations is underway ahead of the early parliamentary and presidential elections in Turkey on June 24.
Recent events suggested that there is no swift conclusion in sight for the name talks between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the name issue.
Athens has tried to downplay an incident on Monday night involving a Turkish Coast Guard helicopter, which allegedly flied at low altitude with its lights off near the Greek islet of Ro, in what was the latest example of sustained friction between the two countries
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is due to visit Ohrid in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) this week for a new meeting with his counterpart Nikola Dimitrov, just a few days after their talks with UN mediator Matthew Nimetz in Vienna on March 30.
Greece is stepping up its efforts to improve relations with neighbours such as Albania so it can devote more attention to dealing with Turkey.
Athens seems to be more optimistic about a possible solution on the Macedonia name issue following the trilateral meeting involving the foreign ministers of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and UN special envoy Matthew Nimetz in Vienna last Friday.
After talks in Skopje last week, the foreign ministers of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) are due to meet in Vienna with United Nations special envoy Matthew Nimetz this Friday to take stock of where negotiations stand.
Τhe two-day visit of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias to Skopje, due to begin this Thursday, has historic and symbolic dimensions since he will be the first Greek official to land at the city’s international airport in 12 years.