SOFIA (Reuters) - Negotiations between Greece and Macedonia on the former Yugoslav republic’s name have reached a “crucial” point but more needs to be done for a solution, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday.
“I believe we have covered a great part of the distance, but we have more to cover,” Tsipras told journalists. “We are not yet in a position to speak about a deal.”
Tsipras was speaking after meeting his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev in Sofia, where they attended a summit of EU and Western Balkan leaders.
Tsipras said he hoped for a meeting with Zaev next month and Athens hoped for a deal that would “stand the test of time.”
Zaev said earlier the two had discussed a specific proposal but that they would “need to have further discussions” in their respective countries.
Reporting by Renee Maltezou