Greek, Macedonian leaders to meet despite protests

January 22, 2018

Greek protesters wave flags and banners during a rally against the use of the term "Macedonia" for the northern neighbouring country's name, at the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Greek authorities argue that the name Macedonia might suggest that Skopje has territorial claims to the northern Greek region of the same name with Thessaloniki as its capital, but recent talks have led to optimism for a solution. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia will meet this week despite a major weekend protest against efforts to resolve the long-standing name dispute between the two countries.

A government spokesman in Athens said Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras of Greece and Zoran Zaev of Macedonia will hold talks Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Despite protests in both countries, the two government started talks at the United Nations last week aimed at finding a compromise in the next six months.

Greece wants Macedonia to change its name — adding a modifier like ‘New’ or ‘North’ — to clarify that it has no claim on the neighboring Greek province of Macedonia.

On Sunday, tens of thousands of protesters joined a rally in northern Greece against the proposed compromise.

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