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World Greece reaches deal with Macedonia to end name dispute

21:27  12 june  2018
21:27  12 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

"We have a deal", Greek PM says over Macedonian name row

  Greece and Macedonia have reached a historic accord to resolve a decades-old dispute over the name of the tiny Balkan nation, the Greek prime minister said."I have good news ...  a while ago we reached an agreement with the Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on an issue which has been on our minds for many years," Tsipras told Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a televised meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

ATHENS, Greece — The prime minister of Greece said Tuesday his country had reached an agreement with the country’s northern neighbor to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia ’s name that has kept the former Yugoslav republic out of NATO.

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National Macedonian flags flutter in front of the government building in Skopje, Macedonia, on June 12, 2018. © Ognen Teofilovski National Macedonian flags flutter in front of the government building in Skopje, Macedonia, on June 12, 2018. ATHENS, Greece — The prime minister of Greece said Tuesday his country had reached an agreement with the country's northern neighbor to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name that has kept the former Yugoslav republic out of NATO.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in remarks broadcast by state television that a deal had been reached that would give Macedonia a different name that would be used both domestically and internationally.

Tsipras and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev say they have agreed on "Republic of Northern Macedonia" as the new name.

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  Greeks divided on proposed Macedonia name deal Greeks were divided Wednesday on a proposed compromise deal to end a nearly three-decade name row with Macedonia, with some questioning its benefits and others pointing out that obstacles remain. The leaders of the two countries said Tuesday that they had reached a "historic" solution to resolve the dispute and call the northern nation the Republic of North Macedonia after months of intensive diplomacy."A mutually beneficial deal creates a safe environment on our northern border.

The prime minister of Greece says his country has reached an agreement with Macedonia to end a decades-old dispute over the neighboring country's name . Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday that a deal had been reached to give Macedonia a different name

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Since Macedonia's independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Greece has argued that the young country's name implied a claim to the territory and ancient heritage of Greece's northern region of Macedonia — birthplace of ancient warrior king Alexander the Great.

Previous administrations in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, resisted demands to change or modify the name. The dispute poisoned relations between the two neighbors, and the United Nations appointed a special envoy to mediate.

Resolving the dispute would see Greece lift its objections to Macedonia's accession to NATO and the European Union. In Skopje, the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE said Zaev had informed party leader Hristijan Mickoski that he had "achieved a solution with Greece."

Why all the furor over Macedonia name change? It goes back to Alexander the Great

  Why all the furor over Macedonia name change? It goes back to Alexander the Great Greek lawmakers debated a no-confidence motion against the government Friday over its preliminary agreement to end a long-running dispute with Macedonia over that country’s name. The Greek government is expected to survive the vote set for Saturday.  Outside parliament here, a couple hundred protested the agreement, which would rename Greece’s northern neighbor North Macedonia in exchange for Greece nixing its disapproval to Macedonia joining NATO and the European Union.So, why all the furor over a name? It goes back to Alexander the Great.

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Matthew Nimetz, the United Nations mediator in a name dispute between Macedonia and Greece , in Athens earlier this week. "I think there is a will [in Athens], and I believe also in Skopje, to try to reach a settlement," Nimetz said.

Tsipras' comments came shortly after a much-anticipated phone call with Zaev.

"A short while ago we reached an agreement with the prime minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the disagreement our two countries have" over the name issue, Tsipras told President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

"We have a good agreement that covers all the preconditions the Greek side had set," he said, adding that Macedonia would revise its Constitution for the name change and that the deal "secures the historic heritage of ancient Greek Macedonia.

Greece is to ratify the deal in parliament after Macedonia has made the necessary changes to its Constitution, Tsipras said.

The compromises to resolve the name issue have faced dissent in both countries, threatening to split Greece's governing coalition and provoke a rift between Macedonia's prime minister and president.

Greek opponents of the deal say it would not go far enough.

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, whose right-wing Independent Greeks party is Tsipras' governing coalition partner, said he would oppose an agreement in a parliamentary vote, meaning the left-wing prime minister will need to seek support from political opponents.

In Skopje meanwhile, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said earlier in the day that he remained opposed to a constitutional change that would likely be included in the draft deal, to provide an assurance that the name change was permanent and binding for domestic and international use.

Derek Gatopoulos in Athens, Greece and Jasmina Mironski in Skopje, Macedonia contributed.


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