Nationalists rally in Greece.
Under tight security, Greek nationalist took part in two rallies in the northern city of Thessaloniki to protest the efforts by Greece's northern neighbour to be officially recognised by the international community by the name Macedonia.
The name, Macedonia has been a source of tension between the two countries ever since the the break up of Yugoslavia in the early 90's and the creation of the new state of Macedonia, which shares its name with Greece's province in the north.
The Greek side insists that the name is theirs and those rallying want the governement in Athens to take a hard line by insisting that FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) is not recognised internationally by the name Macedonia.
Their argument is based on fears that the newly formed republic of 2,000,000 has territorial claims on the Greek province of Macedonia.
United Nation special envoy, Mathew Nimtz is currently in Greece trying to broker a deal between the to countries. However, Greece's ruling party, New Democracy is unlikely to change it stance as it has a parliamentary majority of just two and is deeply unpoplular follwing a series of scandals over the last few months.
Greece has vowed to veto any attempt by Macedonia to join NATO if the two sides cannot reach agreement over the name.