Macedonia of the North is born, historical signature between protests

Leader Skopje and Athens sign. EU and Moavero applaud
Macedonia of the North is born, historical signature between protests
18 June 09:55 2018 Print This Article

With the signature today of an agreement defined by everyone as ‘historical’, Macedonia and Greece have put an end to the dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav country after 27 years: it will be called ‘Republic of Macedonia of the North’ from now on. The agreement – which will have to be ratified by the respective parliaments, and in Macedonia also by a popular referendum in the fall as well as amendments to the constitution – on the one hand eliminates the blockade of Athens on the way to Skopje EU and NATO, from another, however, is strongly opposed by conservative and nationalist oppositions in both countries. Today on the Greek side of the border, in Pisoderi, there were 14 wounded. The Macedonian president, the conservative Gjorgje Ivanov, has said several times that he does not intend to sign the relevant parliament ratification law, arguing that the name agreement is unconstitutional and harmful to the country. The official signing ceremony of the document on the name and a strategic partnership between Skopje and Athens took place in Psaridis, on the Greek side of Lake Prespa, on the border between the two countries. A symbolic place which also has historical significance for the Macedonians because it was linked to the beginning of the partisan struggle for liberation from Nazi-fascism during the Second World War.

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