New round of FYROM talks

Matthew Nimetz, the United Nations mediator for the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), is expected to announce this week when he will next meet with the negotiators for the two sides, sources said yesterday. Nimetz is expected to contact ambassadors Adamantios Vassilakis and Zoran Jolevski in a bid to get the negotiation process, which has stalled since last year, back on track. FYROM’s recently elected President Gjorge Ivanov indicated a compromise could be reached. «We want to reach a settlement that will not touch upon Macedonia’s identity and damage the people’s pride,» he said yesterday. «The compromise must also be accepted by the people.» One factor that could hold up the process is the possibility of general elections in FYROM in the fall. The local newspaper Vreme claims that a caretaker government will take over the running of the country in the meantime.