Greece seeks quick Macedonia name solution

Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis told a parliament session the Macedonia name issue should be resolved as soon as possible.

Bakoyannis said Greece should press to solve the name issue with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM, before a NATO summit scheduled for April in Romania, the Athens News Agency reported Friday.

The Greek foreign minister indicated the Skopje government’s application to join NATO might be considered at the alliance’s summit.

Bakoyannis complained about Skopje leaders using the FYROM name when joining international organizations but switching to Macedonia during debates within organizations.

The FYROM, as it is recognized by the United Nations, and Greece have been involved in the name dispute since the former Yugoslav federation disintegrated in 1991.

Greece, determined to avoid possible territorial claims, insists the Skopje government shouldn’t use the name of Macedonia, which is a region in northern Greece.