Skopje prepares for upcoming name talks with Greece

Macedonia will lean on the world court ruling related to its name dispute with Greece at the forthcoming UN talks with Athens.

Skopje planned to use the ruling in the next set of talks, scheduled for January.  

On December 5 the International Court of Justice, ICJ, ruled that Greece had breached an interim deal, brokered by the UN in 1995, when it blocked Macedonia’s attempt to join NATO in 2008. This is the first UN round of talks after the judgement was issued.

While Macedonia called the court decision a success, Greece tried to downplay its significance, noting that the court has no way of enforcing it.

Athens and Skopje are locked in a two-decade long dispute over Macedonia’s name. Citing the unresolved issue, Greece has blocked Macedonia’s progress towards both EU and NATO membership.

Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Dimas said that Greece is ready and supports the re-activation of the negotiations.

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