Greek President appeals to FYROM over name dispute

President Karolos Papoulias has appealed to his counterpart in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in connection with ongoing United Nations-mediated negotiations aimed at ending a longstanding bilateral dispute over the Balkan country?s name, it emerged Thursday.

In a letter sent to President Gjorge Ivanov, Papoulias wrote that ?Greece remains fully committed to finding a just and viable solution to the name dispute.?

Resolving the issue ?will allow us to exploit the great potential of our bilateral ties and contribute to boosting regional security and stability,? Papoulias wrote in the letter, which was sent in response to one from Ivanov last month.

Last week Ivanov told Kathimerini that Skopje hoped to reverse a 2008 decision denying his country membership of the Atlantic alliance when NATO countries meet in Chicago next month.