UN Envoy: FYROM Spat Could Be Resolved in Coming Months

February 2, 2018

SKOPJE — A United Nations envoy said Thursday he remained optimistic that neighbors FYROM and Greece could resolve a name dispute that has strained relations between the two countries for more than a quarter of a century.

After talks with FYROM’s leaders in capital Skopje, Matthew Nimetz told reporters that officials in both countries are highly motivated to move forward with efforts in finding a solution over the name within the next couple of months.

“I am very, very optimistic. There is a window of opportunity and I think we should go forward quickly and move to solution in the next couple of months,” Nimetz said after traveling to Skopje following talks in Greece.

The dispute broke out after FYROM, for decades a part of the former Yugoslavia, gained independence in 1991. Greece says the neighbors name implies claims on its own province of Macedonia — home of ancient Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great — and wants it changed. The FYROM government denies the charge.

Greek officials favor a compound name that will somehow qualify the word “Macedonia” by adding a modifier “Upper”, “New” or “North”.

NATO member Greece has blocked FYROM’s accession to the alliance since 2008 until a solution on the name is found.

Speaking at the same news conference, FYROM Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said Skopje wants a solution that will be “dignified” for the people in both countries — but also a solution that would not endanger FYROM’s national identity and language.

During Nimetz’s visit, about 200 people gathered in front of the offices of the European Union mission in Skopje to protest ongoing talks, demanding their termination.

On Sunday, a rally is planned in Athens against the proposed compromise that is expected to draw large crowds. The Greek Orthodox church has endorsed the rally, as well as influential organizations representing the Greeks communities in the United States and Canada.



ATHENS - Constant assertions that Greece is pushing back refugees and migrants at sea trying to reach Greek islands, and on land borders were repeated by Turkey’s Coast Guard which said it had saved 36 people it said were repelled by Greece.

Top Stories


OCEAN, NJ – Rafaella Lambrinos, whose family is from Karpathos originally, spoke with The National Herald about the Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou program she founded at St George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean, NJ, which connects youth and seniors from her church community through weekly phone conversations.


NEW YORK – Greek-American Trevor Zegras, forward for the Anaheim Ducks is set to play in his first NHL game in New York City against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, March 15, 7 PM.

General News

WASHINGTON, DC – AHEPA deeply mourns the passing of Past Supreme President and co-founder of AHEPA National Housing Corporation (ANHC) Nick Smyrnis.


1 Killed, 8 Hurt as Suspected Gas Explosion Hits Bronx Home

NEW YORK — A suspected gas explosion partially collapsed a home in the Bronx, setting the structure ablaze and killing a woman and injuring eight other people, including five police officers, officials said.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.