16 January, 2008
UN special mediator on the FYROM name issue, Matthew Nimetz, announced in New York that the next round of bilateral negotiations on the name issue will take place on January 21 in Ochrid, FYROM.
According to an announcement by Nimetz, the talks will focus on "the name issue and related matters", and will be opened by FYROM foreign minister Antonio Milososki.
The Ochrid session will be first in a series of meetings announced by Nimetz during his visit to the region last month.
If progress is achieved in Ochrid, the following round of talks will take place in Greece, the announcement said.
It said that the Ochrid session will be the first time that direct negotiations will be held in the region, given that they usually take place at the UN headquarters in New York.
Source: Athens News Agency