NATO and the European Union chief officials welcomed an apparent breakthrough in the 27-year-old Name Dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in which the latter will now officially change its name to the “Republic of North Macedonia”.
The Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and European Council President Donald Tusk issued a joint statement on the agreement, expressing how they hope the new accord will help consolidate regional peace and stability in the Western Balkan region.
“We welcome the agreement reached between Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev on a solution to the Name Dispute. We hope that this unique opportunity to relaunch the wider Western Balkan region’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration will not be wasted. This agreement sets an example for others on how to consolidate peace and stability across the region.”
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his counterpart in Macedonia/FYROM Zoran Zaev have agreed that the new hybrid name of “North Macedonia” will be used for both domestic and international purposes.
Skopje will also be required to amend its constitution to reflect the change as part of the agreement. The citizens’ nationality will be listed on official documents in English as “Macedonian/citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia”, according to the original text of the deal as seen by New Europe.Fullscreen Mode