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World "We have a deal", Greek PM says over Macedonian name row

19:54  12 june  2018
19:54  12 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Greece reaches deal with Macedonia to end name dispute

  Greece reaches deal with Macedonia to end name dispute The prime minister of Greece said his country had reached an agreement with the country's northern neighbor to end a 27-year dispute.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in remarks broadcast by state television that a deal had been reached that would give Macedonia a different name that would be used both domestically and internationally.

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece and Macedonia have reached a historic accord to resolve a decades-old dispute over the name of the tiny Balkan nation, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday.

" We have a deal ," Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said . "I'm happy because we have a good deal which covers all the preconditions set by the Greek side," he told Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a televised meeting. The dispute over the " Macedonia " name had been a thorn in

Workers dismantle a sign for Alexander of Macedonia highway, which is removed due to the Macedonia and Greece name dispute in Skopje, Macedonia, on February 21, 2018. © Ognen Teofilovski Workers dismantle a sign for Alexander of Macedonia highway, which is removed due to the Macedonia and Greece name dispute in Skopje, Macedonia, on February 21, 2018. Greece and Macedonia have reached a historic accord to resolve a decades-old dispute over the name of the tiny Balkan nation, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday.

"I have good news ...  a while ago we reached an agreement with the Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on an issue which has been on our minds for many years," Tsipras told Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a televised meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

"We have a deal, I'm happy because we have a good deal which covers all the preconditions set by the Greek side," he said. Tsipras had earlier spoken to his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev.

The dispute between the two neighbors had been an obstacle to Macedonia joining either the NATO military alliance or the European Union.

Reporting By Michele Kambas

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