ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed to get backing from the main opposition leader on Saturday to build consensus ahead of intensified talks between Greece and Macedonia on resolving a decades-old name row.
Athens and Skopje have agreed to step up negotiations to reach an accord in a dispute which has stymied the ambitions of the tiny but strategically-placed ex-Yugloslav republic in joining NATO and the European Union.
Greece - Name - Macedonia - Claim - Region
Greece believes the name Macedonia implies a territorial claim over its own northern region of that name. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks rallied in the northern city of Thessaloniki earlier this month to protest against the use of the name “Macedonia” in any solution to the row.
solution such as Northern Macedonia or Macedonia-Skopje.
Greeks - Skopje - New - Democracy - Party
“We will not divide Greeks to unite Skopje,” Conservative New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address after a meeting with Tsipras.
He said resolving the name dispute was not just a foreign policy matter but a serious issue relating to Greece’s history and “the very identity of Greeks”.
Member - Greece - Assent - Neighbor - NATO
As a member of both, Greece’s assent is needed for its neighbor to join NATO...
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