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Another FYROM name proposal is shunned

A new UN plan to resolve the dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s official name was shot down by Greece on Saturday but the proposal is still being mulled by Skopje. The Greek Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had received a new set of proposals from the special UN envoy for the FYROM issue, Matthew Nimetz, but had rejected them as «unacceptable.» No details of the proposal were made public after an agreement by all sides not to release sensitive information about the negotiations. In Skopje, however, an urgent meeting of the government was convened yesterday by FYROM President Branko Crvenkovski to discuss what he called a matter of the «the highest national interest.» Crvenkovski is due to meet with opposition leaders today and has hinted that the country’s Parliament may be called to debate the proposal. The last suggestion put forward by Nimetz in April was for FYROM to be called Republika Makedonija-Skopje. The idea was warmly received in Athens but was rejected out of hand by Skopje, which insisted that it wanted to be known as Republic of Macedonia.