Greece and Macedonia have Sunday signed an agreement for the 27 year-standing feud over the name Macedonia. The former Yugoslav republic will now be North Macedonia are called. In return, wants Athens to the path of the country to NATO and to the EU is no longer blocking.
The agreement was signed by the buitenlandministers of the two neighbouring countries in the border region with the Prespameer signed. Also present were the EU High representative for Foreign Affairs and Security policy Federica Mogherini, EU commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, and representatives of the United Nations. The ceremony was directly broadcast on television in both countries.
“We convert a historic step”, said the Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. A new era of cooperation and stability begins for the two neighboring countries. The Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev joined thereto. “Our countries leave the past behind and look to the future.’ Both heads of government stressed that this agreement is an example of how such disputes can be resolved.
Macedonia is bordered in the south with the Greek region with the same name. Greece refused the neighbour the right to the historical name Macedonia (Greek: Makedonía). For that reason, blocking Athens to today, the accession of Macedonia to NATO and the opening of accession negotiations with the European Union.