Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have made progress in ongoing name talks regarding the latter’s name, but they are “not in a position yet to talk about an agreement,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday.
The Greek premier was speaking to reporters at the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia following talks with this counterpart from Skopje, Zoran Zaev, who earlier said the two leaders had “discussed one [specific] solution to the name dispute that could be acceptable for both sides.”
“We have covered a large part of the distance, but there is still some way to go,” Tsipras said of a number of issues that have hampered progress in United Nations-mediated talks to solve the decades-old dispute.
“We are examining all of the details step-by-step, but are not in a position yet to talk about an agreement,” the Greek prime minister said. “We would both like to see a result in time for the [EU] summit in late June.”