Zaev-Tsipras meeting in Sofia ends

The meeting between Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev and Greek PMs Alexis Tsipras that was held on the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia on Thursday has ended.

The meeting was the second tête-à-tête between the two PMs after the name dispute negotiations resumed. It was expected that they would try to come closer to a compromise on conflicting issues, MIA’s Sofia correspondent said.

According to Greek media, Tsipras will hold a press conference around 3 pm local time.

In the past few days, the Zaev-Tsipras meeting was rumored to be vital to the name dispute resolution process. Judging by their latest statements, however, there are reservations both on the Macedonian and on the Greek side that this meeting will lead to a final name solution.