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FYROM leader sees stalemate

The president of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Branko Crvenkovski, yesterday said he believed that talks aimed at resolving the name dispute between Greece and his country may «freeze» as there has been no progress in the United Nations-mediated initiative. «In view of the general climate, I doubt that an intensification of negotiations is possible,» the president told Skopje-based television channel Alsat-M. Crvenkovski, who has clashed repeatedly with FYROM’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski over Skopje’s tactics in the name talks, said his government’s two main mistakes had been its insistence on a «dual solution» to the name dispute and its appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Crvenkovski accused Greece of breaching a UN-backed bilateral pact by vetoing Skopje’s NATO accession bid.