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World EURO: Greece asks Northern Macedonia to change its

22:35  15 june  2021
22:35  15 june  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Le défenseur de la Macédoine du nord, Ezgjan Alioski, lors du match (groupe C) de l'Euro 2020 contre l'Autriche, le 13 juin 2021 à Bucarest jersey © Justin Setterfield The defender of North Macedonia, Ezgjan Alioski, during the match (Group C) of Euro 2020 against Austria, the 13 June 2021 in Bucharest

Greece asked Northern Macedonia to change the jersey of his team participating in the Euro football, because he contravenes Athens with an agreement between the two countries about the use of the denomination "Macedonia" by Skopje.

The dispute is relative to the initials FFM (Macedonian Football Federation) present on the North Macedonian tunic, which do not respect the consent of Prespes, signed almost three years for the day, argues Athens.

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In this text, which acts as a treatise between the two countries, Skopje is committed to defining himself as "North Macedonia", when Athens refused that his neighbor is only Macedonia, on the grounds that one of his provinces Northern, cradle of Alexander The Great, bears the same name.

The quarrel dated from the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in 1991, which had resulted in the creation of several states, including Macedonia. It had been admitted to the UN in 1993 under the provisional name of Arym (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), but more than 140 countries, including Russia and the United States, had recognized the country under the name of "Republic of Macedonia".

The initials present on the football jersey "can not be accepted," said the Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias in a letter sent last weekend to his counterpart of North Bujar Osmani, according to the agency Greek public press Ana.

They must be modified to "maintain positive dynamic," he said.

The Prespes Agreement, ratified on June 17, 2018, covers only state-funded institutions, which the Football Federation is not, "Objar Osmani. "As long as the FFM does not receive money from the state, it does not have the obligation to adapt its name," he continued.

The Treaty had been signed Greek side by former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The new democracy party of the current Chief of the Kyriakos Mitsotakis Government has had strongly opposed it. He has since delayed the voting of a number of bilateral agreements.

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