Macedonia 'Name' Deal Faces Bumpy Ride Ahead

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 15, 2018

Tsipras and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev reached a landmark agreement on Tuesday to call the ex-Yugoslav republic the "Republic of North Macedonia", settling almost three decades of wrangling over its name and removing an obstacle to Skopje's bid to join the European Union and NATO.

The expected signing of the long awaited "name" deal between Macedonia and Greece will be just the first in a series of carefully planned steps on the potentially bumpy road towards its implementation.

He added: "It violates the Constitution (and) the laws".

The deal has been agreed upon by prime ministers from both nations, and is expected to be signed by their respective foreign ministers in the coming days.

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said in a televised address earlier in the day the name agreement reached with Greece was detrimental to his country, and that he would not sign it. Ivanov would have to sign off on the agreement if it is passed a second time.

"We hope that this unique opportunity to relaunch the wider Western Balkan region's European and Euro-Atlantic integration will not be wasted", the statement said.

Up to 1,500 people held a peaceful protest against the deal outside parliament in Skopje late Wednesday, chanting "Traitors" and blowing whistles.

Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, whose right-wing party is the coalition partner in Mr Tsipras' government, said he would oppose the agreement in a parliamentary vote. Greek opponents of the deal were planning a protest in Athens Friday, when Tsipras is set to brief parliament on details of the deal.

This would leave the left-wing prime minister dependent on support from political opponents to ratify the deal in parliament.

The head of Greece's main opposition party says he will submit a motion for a no-confidence vote in the government later Thursday, objecting to a deal reached between the prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia to settle a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name.

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