'We have a deal,' say Greece and Macedonia over name dispute

'We have a deal,' say Greece and Macedonia over name dispute

Significantly, they agreed that the new name would be used both internationally and bilaterally, so that even the 140 or more countries that recognize the name Macedonia will also have to adopt North Macedonia.

"We don't agree and we won't vote for any deal including the name 'Macedonia, '" Panos Kammenos, Greek Defense Minister and head of the rightist Independent Greeks party, said.

Athens officials had objected to the name Macedonia, fearing territorial claims on a northern Greek province of the same name.

Macedonia will change its name after a 27-year dispute with Greece.

It is now known formally at the United Nations under the interim name "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

"We have been solving a two-and-a-half-decade dispute that has been drowning the country", he said, adding that the deal "will strengthen the Macedonian identity".

Zaev also added that after the two parliaments confirm the agreement, there will be a referendum in Macedonia in autumn.

The current prime ministers' attempts to end the dispute have led to unrest in both countries, leading to large protests by opponents of a compromise, threatening to split Greece's governing coalition and provoking a rift between Macedonia's prime minister and president.

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If you're planning to travel to Macedonia to see its handsome scenery and historic destinations, it might be good to check the exact name of the country before you leave. This will set Skopje on its path to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership.

The Republic of North Macedonia will remove from its constitution the text which mentions "protection of Macedonian minorities" outside the territory of the country.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras [left] and his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev [right] in Sofia in May.

Greece had also vetoed its neighbor's bid to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the EU.

He said that Macedonia "cannot and will not be able in the future to claim any connection with the ancient Greek civilisation of Macedonia".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on both countries to finalize the agreement, which he said would put the Republic of Macedonia on the path to NATO membership and consolidate peace in the western Balkans.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that all of Greece's concerns had been addressed with the new name, according to the Associated Press. I believe in the democracy of the internet and want to keep this site and its enriching content free for everyone.

"This is a bad agreement that is in conflict with the majority of the Greek people", said Greece's main opposition leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. European Union President Donald Tusk congratulated the leaders of the neighbouring states, while signalling that more work was needed to finish the deal. "The negotiations and the successful proposal for solution became possible after the Government of Zoran Zaev came in to power in Skopje, ending the years of pointless denial of the conservatives in Skopje".

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