Macedonia and Greece Announce Historic 'Name' Deal

Macedonia and Greece Announce Historic 'Name' Deal

Greece, an European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, has also cited the dispute to veto Macedonia's bid to join the two organizations.

The two prime ministers are expected to sign the agreement over the next weekend.

In Skopje, meanwhile, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said earlier in the day that he remained opposed to writing the new name into the constitution, a move meant to show the change is permanent and binding for domestic and worldwide use.

"By solving the name question, we are becoming a member of NATO", Zaev added.

The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia say they have agreed on "Republic of Northern Macedonia" as the new name for the Balkan country, ending a bitter 27-year dispute that had prevented the former Yugoslav republic from joining worldwide institutions such as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Greece had objected to the name "Macedonia", fearing territorial claims on its eponymous northern region, as well as cultural appropriation of the Greek nature of Ancient Macedonia, a historically Greek province and important part of Ancient Greek history that has no direct connection between the modern citizens, who hail from a mixed Slavic heritage.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves the Presidential Palace following his meeting with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (not pictured) in Athens, Greece, June 12, 2018.

Greece had also blocked the country from negotiating with the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"We wholeheartedly congratulate Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev for their determination and leadership in reaching this historic agreement", said EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn in a joint statement. "And it will help to consolidate peace and stability across the wider Western Balkans", he added.

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In a televised address, Tsipras said the 140 countries which had recognized the Balkan state simply as Macedonia would now recognize it as Republic of Northern Macedonia.

"We have a deal".

The neighboring nations Greece and Macedonia have been debating Macedonia's chosen name since 1991, when the small country that was once part of the former Yugoslavia adopted the name. He did not, however, spell out what the name will be.

The proposed name change has been resisted by sections of the Macedonian public. It is now known formally at the United Nations under the interim name "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

The Greek government has spent 27 years fighting with Macedonia over the use of the name, which references ancient Macedonia and by association its famous leader, Alexander the Great.

But Greeks seem cool to any deal involving the continued use of the name "Macedonia" by their northern neighbour.

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, a hardline junior coalition partner in Tsipras's government, earlier dismissed talk of a deal, saying there was "no chance" Zaev could get it approved.

A resolution of the dispute would see Greece lift objection to Macedonia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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