Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will only be able to join NATO after the name dispute with Greece has been resolved, caretaker Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis said on Monday.
Molyviatis, who is attending the summit of the military alliance in Chicago, on Monday alleged that backstage diplomatic maneuvers to reverse the decision made at NATO’s 2008 summit in Bucharest — which effectively kept the door shut on the small Balkan nation — have failed.
Athens and Skopje remain locked in a lengthy dispute over the country’s name. Greece says the name ?Macedonia? implies a territorial claim on its northern province — also called Macedonia.