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Bulgaria, North Macedonia Seek Way to Resolve Balkan Dispute

  • New premiers Petkov, Kovacevski pledge to seek common agenda
  • Agreement could open path for North Macedonia’s EU accession
Kiril Petkov, left, and Dimitar Kovacevski during a news conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Jan. 18.
Kiril Petkov, left, and Dimitar Kovacevski during a news conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Jan. 18.Photographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg

Bulgaria’s new premier and his freshly sworn-in counterpart in North Macedonia made a joint push to resolve a regional dispute that would open a path for the former Yugoslav republic to begin accession talks with the European Union

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov traveled to North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, on Tuesday for talks with that country’s newly elected premier, Dimitar Kovacevski. The two pledged to come to an agreement over a lingering dispute over North Macedonia’s name -- and set up a direct flight between their two capitals within the next two months.