Greece says agreed to recognize Macedonia as 'Republic of North Macedonia'

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2018

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday that a deal had been reached to give Macedonia a different name, addressing all of Greece's concerns.

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.

"A deal could be announced even today", said an unnamed government official cited by Reuters.

He added that Macedonia would take a new "compound name with a geographical denominator", without spelling out the name.

Mr Tsipras had earlier spoken to his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev, who said the deal preserves Macedonian ethnic and cultural identity.

Following the latest round of discussions, Macedonia is now set to be known as the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

The name dispute between Athens and Skopje dates back to 1991, when Macedonia peacefully broke away from Yugoslavia, declaring its independence under the name Republic of Macedonia.

The dispute between the two neighbours had been an obstacle to Macedonia joining either the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance or the European Union.

In a decades-old dispute, Greece wants the former Yugoslav republic to change or modify its name to avoid any claim to the territory and ancient heritage of Greece's region of Macedonia - birthplace of ancient warrior king Alexander the Great.

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