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Tsipras to Archbishop: Government will pursue national interests in FYROM name talks

Tsipras to Archbishop: Government will pursue national interests in FYROM name talks

"I have complete confidence in Kotzias to negotiate a name that will not include the Greek term 'Macedonia, '" Kammenos told an ANEL party meeting, adding, however, that "[FYROM] can have any name they want in Slavic".

Athens and Skopje have been locked in a dispute over the name Macedonia since the former Yugoslavia disintegrated in 1991, with Greece citing the disagreement as its reason for blocking Macedonia's efforts to join the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"It is a national issue that can not leave the Church of Greece indifferent", Ieronymos told the Board of the Holy Synod that was summoned last night (local time) with the participation of four Bishops from Northern Greece, all opposing to the inclusion of any term that related to the "Macedonia" name in the new FYROM title. Zaev has also said there is possibility of a solution in the first half of 2018.

"The ministers expressed their common expectation for the presentation, at the upcoming meeting...(with) the United Nations envoy of an initial framework within which the process will move forward", a Greek Foreign Ministry statement said after the meeting.

"There is a general feeling of fatigue in both countries due to this long-lasting dispute", Bujar Osmani, Macedonia's deputy prime minister, said in an interview with the Associated Press on January 11.

Media reports said during the negotiations the name "New Macedonian Republic" was discussed.

It is also being said that the issue may raise a dispute between the ruling Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party and its smaller coalition partner right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) party.

The Greek Orthodox Church, Greek nationalist parties, and residents of northern Greece have been especially opposed to any compromise that incorporates the name Macedonia and have planned rallies in northern Greece later this month.