FYROM agrees to “North Macedonia” name in deal

Greece has reached a “good” deal with neighbouring FYROM on the decades long name dispute, said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday.

In a meeting with president Prokopios Pavlopoulos, Tsipras said that “we have a good agreement that covers all of the conditions put forth by the Greek side. We have a combined name with a geographic qualifier for all uses.” Tsipras did not disclose the name that the two sides agreed to.

He added that the deal includes changes that go beyond the name, eliminating the issue of irredentism. The most important part of the agreement is that cultural heritage of ancient Greece’s Macedonia is being safeguarded, he added.

The Greek side will ratify the agreement once FYROM makes the necessary changes to the constitution, he added.

The Greek prime minister will inform leaders of opposition parties of the deal by phone later Tuesday.

Pavlopoulos said that it is now FYROM’s responsibility to keep the terms of the deal.

“It is clear that the responsibility for whether our neighboring country means to observe the terms we have set or not lies with it,” Pavlopoulos told Tsipras.

“It is up to FYROM to implement the terms it committed to on a constitutional level as well,” the president noted.

Among other things, Pavlopoulos said that respect of history by the neighboring country will serve as a passport to its future, and he thanked Tsipras for maintaining parliamentary order on national issues, that is, informing the president and then briefing the political party leaders on the agreement.

ND leader: FYROM name agreement is “a bad deal”

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday an agreement reached by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his FYROM peer settling a name dispute between the two nations is a “bad deal”.

“I want to be absolutely clear. Tsipras does not have the political legitimacy to bind this this country by signing an agreement that does not have the support of his own government, said Mitsotakis.

“The solution agreed upon is a bad deal. It is in contrast to what the majority of Greeks want. Some people do not understand this, or even worse, they do not want to understand it,” he added.

The ND leader will meet with President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Wednesday at 9:30 to discuss the latest developments on the FYROM name issue.


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