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US News Macedonia agrees to change name to end Greece row

10:05  13 june  2018
10:05  13 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Since 1975. The Voice of a Changing Region. ‘I would like the negotiations (with Greece ) to succeed We are ready for a geographical qualifier in the name ,’ said Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev.

The negotiations have made progress after Macedonia agreed in February to change the name of the capital’s Alexander the Great airport to Skopje International Airport, in a goodwill gesture to Greece . Macedonia ready to change name and end row with Greece .

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Macedonia has agreed to change its name to end a 27-year dispute with Greece.

The country will now be known as the Republic of North Macedonia, or Severna Makedonija in Macedonian.

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

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SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia is ready to add a geographical qualifier to its name to help resolve a dispute with Greece that has held up its prospects of joining the European Union and NATO, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on Tuesday.

SKOPJE - Macedonia is ready to add a geographical qualifier to its name to help resolve a dispute with Greece that has held up its prospects of joining the European Union and NATO, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on Tuesday.

The name change will be used domestically and nationally © Getty The name change will be used domestically and nationally

Previous administrations in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, resisted demands to change or modify the name.

The dispute strained relations between the two neighbours, and the United Nations appointed a special envoy to mediate.

Greece will lift its objections to Macedonia's accession to NATO and the European Union once the dispute is resolved.

The dispute has lasted for 27 years with talks and protests © Getty The dispute has lasted for 27 years with talks and protests

In Skopje, the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, said Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had informed party leader Hristijan Mickoski that he had "achieved a solution with Greece".

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said a deal had been reached that would give Macedonia a different name which would be used domestically and internationally.

He said: "We have a good agreement that covers all the preconditions the Greek side had set."

He said Macedonia would revise its constitution for the name change and that the deal "secures the historic heritage of ancient Greek Macedonia".

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

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