FYROM asks Athens to pave way for EU accession talks

The Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Nikola Gruevski, has appealed to Greece?s new unity government to back the launch of European Union accession talks for FYROM despite an unresolved bilateral row over the Balkan country?s official name.

In a letter to interim Premier Lucas Papademos, Gruevski called on the former technocrat ?to use this unique opportunity? to allow Skopje to begin talks with Brussels, apparently referring to a forthcoming EU summit on December 9.

The move would contribute to ?the European integration of the broader region? and would also help solve the name dispute, Gruevski said.