Greece, Macedonia foreign ministers edge closer towards resolving name dispute

Greece and Macedonia have edged closer to resolving a decades-old dispute over the former Yugoslav Republic’s name, with their foreign ministers drafting documents which could pave the way for a settlement, Reuters said. The dispute has blocked Macedonia’s bid to join NATO and the EU. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Monday he and his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov had concluded their talks on the issue and that the two prime ministers would take it up after some legal details had been addressed. “The documents that have been drafted at a ministerial level will be delivered to the two prime ministers who will discuss between themselves and reach a final deal,” said Kotzias after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. He gave no details, however, on what had been agreed in his talks with Dimitrov.