Macedonia and Greece PMs Agree on a New Name

FYROM has “no alternative to NATO and the EU”

FYROM has “no alternative to NATO and the EU”

Zaev made the statement on May 17 after meeting with his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, on the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia.

Athens has blocked Macedonia's attempts to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union over the 27-year row over the name of the former Yugoslav republic, which according to Greece, allegedly implies territorial clams over the Greek northernmost province of the same name.

By stating his country's commitment to membership in both worldwide organisations, Zaev implied that he is willing to make concessions to bend Greece's hard stance.

Greece insists on a name to be used "ergo omnes", that is both within FYROM and internationally, but also on more changes to the country's constitution to further eliminate any irredentist features. A potential solution was identified during the meeting and will be discussed within the countries.

"But, it depends on both sides, depends on the institutions, depends on the other participants, like the presidents of the countries, leaders of the opposition, other political leaders and, finally, on the citizens of both countries", Zaev added.

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