Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia renew UN-led talks

17 May 2007

Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have held a fresh round of United Nations-mediated talks over the question of the official name of the latter country.

Matthew Nimetz, Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Greece-FYROM talks, initiated yesterday’s discussions, which took place in New York.

Greece was represented by its Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, while FYROM was represented by Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov.

“The parties continued to exchange views in the context of Article 5 of the Interim Accord” of 13 September 1995, according to an update released by the UN after the talks. “They decided to meet again on a date to be agreed.”

Article 5 of the Interim Accord, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries regarding the official name of FYROM. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement on their dispute.


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