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Republic of Macedonia

Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or propose to make, to the Government of Greece about entering into negotiations with the Government of the Republic of Macedonia to resolve their dispute over the use of the name “Republic of Macedonia” in the context of the Republic of Macedonia's candidacy for the European Union. [HL3200]

The UK has ongoing contact with the Government of Greece regarding the name issue at official and ministerial level. Negotiations between Greece and Macedonia continue under the auspices of UN Special Representative, Matthew Nimetz. The UK remains fully supportive of these talks and continues to encourage both Macedonia and Greece to engage flexibly in the negotiations in the hope that they will be able to find an early solution.