SKOPJE – Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov refuses his assent to the change of name of his country. “My position is final and I will not by the knees for pressure, blackmail or threats”, he announced at a press conference. “I will be such a harmful agreement not to support or sign.”
The Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov refuses his assent to the change of name of his country.
The leaders of Greece and Macedonia, made the deal over the name of Macedonia, Wednesday known. The Macedonian prime minister, Zoran Zaev said that his country will be renamed the Republic of Northern Macedonia. That should pave the way for the accession to NATO and the EU, but according to president Ivanov, is that not enough reason to agree with the agreement.
Ivanov complains that the Greeks all got what they wanted and we have nothing.” He can have a power of veto, but that would then be undone by the parliament. The president is supported by the nationalist opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, which is also resistance against the change of name.
Also in Greece is murmured about the deal. So is the coalition partner of ruling party Syriza cross. The leader of the party Independent Greeks, minister Panos Kammenos (Defence), said that prime minister Alexis Tsipras will not need to rely on the support of his party if the name “Macedonia” in the agreement.
The neighbouring countries are already years in disputing over the name Macedonia. The conflict dates back to 1991, when Macedonia is peacefully separated from Yugoslavia and continued as the independent Republic of Macedonia. That was bad in Greece, that is itself a historic region of Macedonia.
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