Avramopoulos meets FYROM counterpart in Athens

Progress in talks over the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and a mutually acceptable settlement will help “normalize” bilateral ties between Athens and Skopje, Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said Monday during a visit to Athens by his FYROM counterpart Talat Xhaferi.

A mutually accepted solution, Xhaferi said, will open the path to his country’s NATO and EU ambitions. During the visit, the two sides also signed a program of military cooperation for 2014.