“The United Nations says progress can be made to resolve a 26-year-old dispute between Athens and Skopje over Skopje’s use of the name Macedonia.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters late on January 29 that ‘there has been some positive momentum generated’ in UN-brokered talks and a solution could be found ‘with the right spirit of compromise by the leadership and by the peoples of the two countries.’

Matthew Nimetz, the UN envoy dealing with the matter, was due in Greece on January 30 for the start of two days of talks aimed at resolving the dispute.

Nimetz was scheduled to meet with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in the early afternoon on January 30, according to Greece’s foreign ministry.

He was then expected to travel to Macedonia for meetings with officials in Skopje.

Nimetz on January 29 wouldn’t comment on the ideas he has been presenting to both side.

But he said on January 29: ‘I myself don’t think it’s realistic to expect the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia not to have Macedonia in some form in its name.'” (RFE/RL)