Macedonia and Greece Announce Historic 'Name' Deal

Macedonia will change its name after 27-year argument with Greece

Greece has reached a deal with its northern neighbor Macedonia to resolve a dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav republic.

Tsipras and Zaev spoke on the phone yesterday for an hour, and said they would continue their conversation today.

"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", Mr Tsipras told Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a televised meeting.

"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.

As a result, previous Greek governments have claimed that the Republic of Macedonia- tiny, impoverished and with virtually no military might - also has territorial designs on its province.

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

Due to the name dispute, Greece has vetoed all of attempts by Skopje to join both the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

If the name change is approved by the Macedonian people and the parliaments of both nations, then it would pave the way for the tiny Balkan nation's eventual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union memberships. So even the countries that have recognized the small Balkan country as Macedonia will have to adapt the new name.

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

Because of Greek objections, Macedonia was admitted to the United Nations under a provisional name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Greece and Macedonia are involved in a longtime dispute over the name of the Republic of Macedonia.

In September 1995 the neighbours signed an accord in NY opening the way for a normalisation of trade and political ties, but left the name dispute hanging.

However, the accord still requires ratification by the two national parliaments and a referendum in Macedonia.

Greece will then back invitations for Macedonia to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and start negotiations on joining the European Union.

European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted his support for the agreement: 'Thanks to you the impossible is becoming possible'.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg added: "This historic agreement is testament to many years of patient diplomacy and to the willingness of these two leaders to solve a dispute which has affected the region for too long". "I am keeping my fingers crossed".

The new name will need to be approved by the Macedonian people and the Greek parliament, but by the sounds of things it's a goer.

After the final agreement has been reached, a joint statement for the Greek and Macedonian public is expected to be published.

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".

The dispute has poisoned relations between the two neighbors since Macedonia's independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

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