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Greek PM Hails Agreement With Skopje on Name Row

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Added On June 14, 2018

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has hailed the agreement reached with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM, saying it is a historic opportunity as well as resolving the decades-old name row between the two neighbouring countries.

Severna Macedonja, Republic of North Macedonia in English, will be FYROM's new name.

Tsipras announced during a state address broadcast live on Greek national broadcaster ERT on Tuesday, as his FYROM counterpart Zoran Zaev was making similar public statements at Skopje.
 
SOUNDBITE (GREEK) ALEXIS TSIPRAS, Greek Prime Minister
"I deeply believe that this agreement represents a major diplomatic victory, as well as a great historic opportunity... This is a historic moment for the Balkans, for our nations." 
According to the outline of the deal, as presented by Tsipras, the new name will be used both internationally and domestically.
Skopje agreed to proceed to a constitutional amendment to remove references, which have been perceived as "irredentist" by Greece.
The name dispute?started in 1991 when FYROM declared independence from Yugoslavia and chose the name Macedonia, which is also the name of a northern Greek province.
Athens expressed concern from the beginning that the use of the same name by the neighbouring state could lead to territorial disputes.