The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) last week lodged an appeal with the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

FYROM claimed that Athens violated a bilateral interim accord signed in 1995 with its veto of FYROM’s bid to join NATO in April last year.

Athens has until January 20 next year to defend itself.

Anticipating the appeal, Greece’s Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said that Athens has “very strong arguments” in its defense and called on Skopje to participate in ongoing talks on the name dispute in “good faith”.