Greek FM discusses FYROM unrest in talks with EU’s Mogherini

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and the European Union’s top foreign policy official, Federica Mogherini, on Thursday discussed rising tensions in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which have led to FYROM resurrecting demands for its accession to the EU and NATO despite an ongoing dispute with Greece over the Balkan state’s official name.

Kotzias and Mogherini, who met on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Antalya, southwestern Turkey, both expressed concern over the upheaval in FYROM, where ethnic tensions led to fatal clashes last weekend.

Kotzias also met with his Bulgarian counterpart Daniel Mitov for talks that touched on the FYROM situation and focused on prospects for cooperation between Greece and Bulgaria, chiefly in the energy sector. During a break from serious discussions on Wednesday night, Kotzias joined his peers in singing the 1985 charity song “We Are the World.”

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