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Greek FM receives envelope with bullet amid talks with Macedonia

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Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias has received an envelope containing a bullet and a threatening letter over the ongoing negotiations to settle the name dispute with Macedonia, diplomatic sources said.

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The envelope was sent to the ministry Tuesday, while Kotzias' aides have also received threatening calls, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.

"All those who will sign the sell out of our Macedonia will face the elimination of their entire families," read the letter. A police investigation was underway to find the perpetrators.

Kotzias had received two similar letters in early February with threats against him and his family.

The long-standing dispute between the two neighbors started when Macedonia declared independence from former Yugoslavia in 1991.

Macedonia has annoyed Greece, which has a northern province bearing the same name. Athens is worried that Macedonia's identical name with its province could lead to territorial disputes.

As talks mediated by the United Nations aimed to resolve the issue have stepped up in recent months, both sides have expressed hope that a positive outcome could come within the first half of 2018.

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