Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister resigned Wednesday following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a deal for Greece to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed.
Greek foreign minister confident on name deal with Macedonia
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister says he's confident a preliminary deal to rename neighboring Macedonia will be fully ratified despite opposition in both countries.
Nikos Kotzias says he hopes and believes Macedonians will back the name change to "North Macedonia" in a Sept. 30 referendum.
If implemented, the agreement will end a decades-old bilateral dispute and ease Macedonia's accession to NATO and the European Union.
Turkey criticizes Greece for granting asylum to servicemen
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister has bemoaned Greece's decision to grant asylum to a group of servicemen who fled to Greece a day after Turkey's 2016 failed coup.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said that if the tables were reversed, Turkey would never "shelter" coup-plotters acting against Greece.
Cavusoglu made the comments Tuesday during a visit by his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, who was in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir to inaugurate the renovated Greek Consulate building.
PSARADES, Greece (AP) — The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia endorsed an agreement to resolve a long fight over the Macedonia name Sunday during a signing ceremony filled with history and symbolism.
The Greek village of Psarades, located on the shores of Great Prespa Lake, was picked for the occasion since the borders of Greece and Macedonia meet in the water.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia say they have concluded the main round of negotiations to end a long-standing dispute over the Macedonia name, with the final stage of talks to be led by the countries' prime ministers.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. mediator trying to resolve a 25-year-old dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's name said Friday the issues "have been narrowed" and both sides are determined to reach an agreement.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's foreign minister says Turkey's efforts to legitimize 'illegal' claims on Greek sovereign territory are doomed to fail because they're contrary to international law.
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias says Turkey has submitted to the United Nations a document containing "erroneous positions" regarding Greek territory in the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean and is trying to present such claims as lawful.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's foreign minister says the European Union should reject new Syrian real estate legislation that he says would hinder the return of Syrian refugees to their homes and property.
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias repeated concerns that the law "essentially casts doubt" on the ownership rights of millions of displaced Syrians to their homes, businesses and plots of land.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister has voiced concerns about at a new Syrian real estate law that would force refugees to return home if they want to keep their property in Syria.
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias says the law does not secure the properties of millions of Syrians who are now displaced outside the country. He says it will make their eventual return to Syria much more difficult.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia have held talks on resolving a dispute about Macedonia's name that has frustrated the country's hopes of joining the European Union and NATO.
Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov said Friday that progress has been made during recent meetings but that an agreement has yet to be reached.
VIENNA (AP) — The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia have held a meeting in Vienna under a United Nations-mediated effort to resolve a long-running dispute over Macedonia's name.
U.N. mediator Matthew Nimetz said after Wednesday's meeting that the talks between Greece's Nikos Kotzias and Macedonia's Nikola Dimitrov had been intense but very cordial. The ministers made no comments.
Greece, Macedonia see progress at name change talks
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Macedonia and Greece say they have achieved progress in talks aimed at resolving a name dispute between the two countries by the end of June.
Nikola Dimitrov of Macedonia and Greece's Nikos Kotzias met Thursday at the lakeside resort of Ohrid in southwestern Macedonia as part of U.N.-assisted negotiations.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Greece's foreign minister says a compromise is needed in a decades-long dispute with Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's name.
Nikos Kotzias said Wednesday in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, that a compromise would benefit both sides in the dispute. Kotzias says "I hope both sides in the talks will realize this and we will have positive results."
Thorny issues remain in Greece-Macedonia name dispute
VIENNA (AP) — Thorny issues remain between Macedonia and Greece in their efforts to resolve a decades-old dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name, officials said Friday after talks on the issue.
The two countries have been at odds for a quarter-century over the term "Macedonia," which Greece argues implies territorial aspirations on its own northern province of the same name.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Macedonian and Greek foreign ministers said Friday their countries have entered into "essential" negotiations to resolve a decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name.
Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias said during a joint news conference in the Macedonian capital Skopje that a solution is needed as an "investment for the future."
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Greece's foreign minister arrived in Macedonia on Thursday for talks on resolving a decades-long dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name.
Nikos Kotzias flew to the Macedonian capital, becoming the first Greek official to arrive in Skopje by plane in 12 years, after Macedonian authorities renamed the country's airport from "Alexander the Great" to "Skopje International Airport" in a goodwill gesture to Greece.
Turkey: Greece should not become ‘haven’ for coup-plotters
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Neighboring Greece should not become a "haven" for people suspected of links to last year's failed coup in Turkey, the Turkish foreign minister said Tuesday after meeting with his visiting Greek counterpart.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Greece's Nikos Kotzias, Mevlut Cavusoglu also said Turkey was keeping its side of an agreement made with the European Union on curbing the flow of migrants to Europe.
Macedonia, Greece seek better ties amid 25-year name dispute
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia and Greece committed Thursday to improving relations strained for more than two decades by a dispute over Macedonia's name.
Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias told reporters that their governments were committed to working on good relations and regional cooperation.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey showed it is not ready to come to an agreement on reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus during recently failed peace talks, Greece's foreign minister said Tuesday.
Nikos Kotzias said 10 days of negotiations at a Swiss resort, which ended July 7, collapsed because of Turkey's insistence on keeping troops on Cyprus and maintaining the right to intervene militarily there.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sought Thursday to steer the rival sides in the Cyprus peace talks to agreement on a broad range of issues holding back a deal to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation.
But with negotiations dragging late into the day, there were few signs of an impending breakthrough.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is promising Macedonia's new government closer ties but insists a decades-old name dispute should be resolved before it would back future membership of NATO and the European Union.
Athens has blocked membership efforts, arguing that its neighbor's name implies a territorial threat to its own region of Macedonia.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Cyprus remains "very, very close" to an agreement to reunite the ethnically-divided island despite a breakdown in talks last week, a U.N. official said Monday.
Espen Barth Eide, the U.N.'s special adviser on Cyprus, called off mediation efforts Friday following a disagreement between Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on how the talks should proceed.