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Macedonia's President refuses to sign agreement on country's rename

As Gjorge Ivanov, the President of Macedonia, believes, the agreement comprises too many concessions to Greece
22:34, 13 June 2018

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Gjorge Ivanov, the President of Macedonia, stated that he would not sign the agreement with Greece on the renaming of the country, as Radio Free Europe reported.

According to him, the agreement on the renaming of Macedonia comprises too many concessions to Greece. 

“This pernicious agreement, which is unique for the human’s history, is inappropriate and unacceptable for me, it violates the Constitution, laws and damages the state institutions. I will not legalize the political individual initiative of the government,” Ivanov said.

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Zoran Zaev, the PM of Macedonia, and Nikola Dimitrov, the Foreign Minister, came to the President in the morning to inform about the agreement. Yet, the meeting lasted only two minutes.

Earlier, Athens and Skopje agreed that the Republic of Macedonia will be renamed as the Republic of North Macedonia.

The solution of this argument will give an impetus for Macedonia’s aspirations of EU and NATO membership.

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Since Yugoslavia broke up in the early 1990s, Macedonia is having arguments with Greece concerning its name. In Greece, the neighbor state is called Skopje (the name of Macedonia’s capital) or the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia.

Macedonia’s Parliament adopted a resolution on joining NATO in 1993, but the state is still at the level of the talks with the Alliance. Greece was blocking Macedonia’s talks with EU and NATO due to the argument in terms of the name.

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