Process of changing Macedonia’s name begins in Brussels today

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United Nations envoy in the Macedonia-Greece name issue Matthew Nimetz is set to meet December 11-12 in Brussels with countries’ representatives, Vasko Naumovski and Ademantios Vassilakis respectively.

“The meeting is part of the United Nations’ efforts to assist the sides in finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue”, Nimetz’s Office said in a press release.

Macedonia’s representative Naumovski will be accompanied by a diplomat from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as will Greek official Vassilakis.

The fresh round of talks takes place amid improved relations between the two countries and optimism in Skopje and Athens, but also Brussels and Washington, to put an end to the long-standing row.

The last round of UN-mediated talks with the countries’ representatives was held in New York in November 2014.