World Greeks divided on proposed Macedonia name deal

11:30  13 june  2018
11:30  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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

  Greece and Macedonia have reached a historic accord to resolve a decades-old dispute over the name of the tiny Balkan nation, the Greek prime minister said."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.

The Macedonia naming dispute is a political dispute over the use of the name " Macedonia " between the southeastern European countries of Greece and the Republic of Macedonia , formerly a region within Yugoslavia.

Officials in Greece and Macedonia say Tuesday, June 12, 2018, they are close to reaching a landmark deal on a long-standing name dispute, to protect Greece 's region of Macedonia , birthplace of ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, but the Greek coalition partner has vowed to vote against the

A Greek flag reading © Provided by AFP A Greek flag reading "Macedonia" held at a demonstration in Greece earlier this year urging the government not to compromise on the festering name row

Greeks were divided Wednesday on a proposed compromise deal to end a nearly three-decade name row with Macedonia, with some questioning its benefits and others pointing out that obstacles remain.

The leaders of the two countries said Tuesday that they had reached a "historic" solution to resolve the dispute and call the northern nation the Republic of North Macedonia after months of intensive diplomacy.

"A mutually beneficial deal creates a safe environment on our northern border. Greece needs this because of tension with Turkey," said Vassiliki Georgiadou, a political scientist at Athens' Panteion university, wrote in the Ta Nea newspaper.

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.

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However both governments have faced internal criticism over of the compromise, with the countries' main opposition parties saying they will not support it.

After the deal was announced, Greek conservative and main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis called it a "bad agreement".

"The acceptance of the Macedonian language and nationality is an unacceptable national retreat," he said.

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev hailed the deal on Tuesday, saying "we have a historic solution after two and a half decades. Our agreement includes Republic of North Macedonia for overall use".

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared it "a great diplomatic victory and a great historic opportunity" for the region to have "friendship, cooperation and co-development".

North Macedonia Name Deal Hits Hurdles Right Out of the Gate

  North Macedonia Name Deal Hits Hurdles Right Out of the Gate Detractors in both countries mounted opposition to the accord. By agreeing to call the Balkan state of 2 million people "the Republic of North Macedonia," Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras are seeking to unlock that country’s accession process to both the European Union and NATO. But they must find support at home in political environments that underscore a path fraught with obstacles.Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov, who has veto power over legislation, denounced the agreement, saying it violated the constitution and hurt his country’s national interests.

“A deal could be announced even today,” said a Greek government official who declined to be named . Among compromise names proposed over the years are Nova (new) Macedonia , Vardar Macedonia ( named after a river), Upper Macedonia and, most recently, Ilinden Macedonia .

Greece and Macedonia say they traded draft proposals for settling a decades-old dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav republic, ahead of UN-mediated talks later this month. Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on March 20 that Athens had sent its proposal to the Skopje

Greece has long objected to its northern neighbour being called Macedonia because it has its own northern province of the same name.

Macedonia hopes that resolving the name dispute will help clear the way for it to join the European Union and NATO.

But the deal still needs to be approved by the Macedonian parliament and pass a referendum there, as well as ratification in the Greek parliament.

"The agreement has three hurdles," Greek newspaper Ethnos noted Wednesday.

"A deal with gaps and questions," added the Kathimerini newspaper.

Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov, who is close to the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party which was defeated by Zaev in elections last year, has also signalled his concern.

"There is a need for a wider national consensus to find a solution that won't hurt the dignity of the Macedonian people and citizens," he said.

Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges .
Greek anti-terrorism police have arrested an extreme far-right lawmaker on treason-linked charges, more than two days after he evaded arrest by speeding past a series of police highway checkpoints. Constantinos Barbaroussis has been charged in Athens with committing preparatory acts for high treason over his exhortations last week for the armed forces to arrest the country's leadership, to hinder a deal with neighboring Macedonia over that country's name.Load Error

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