“A United Nations mediator says there is ‘positive momentum’ toward settling a decades-long dispute between Macedonia and Greece over the former Yugoslav republic’s name.

The UN envoy dealing with the matter, Matthew Nimetz, made the comment in an interview with Greek state broadcaster ERT aired on January 15, two days ahead of talks with Macedonian and Greek diplomats in New York.

Nimetz said that the governments in Athens and Skopje had shown in recent days that they want to find a solution to the dispute, which has hampered Macedonia’s bid to join the European Union and NATO.

‘I think the people in both countries are maybe ready to hear some solutions that are consistent with national interests but also have some element of compromise that would resolve the problem,’ the UN envoy said.” (RFE/RL)