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Macedonia's Prime Minister Urges Citizens to Accept the Country’s Name Change


7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 20:33 GMT

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zayev said in an interview with Agence France-Presse that he was asking his countrymen to vote to change the name of Macedonia to link it to the western side, stressing that the alternative was despair, "instability" and "isolation." , reports AFP.

On September 30, whether they belong to the Macedonian Slavic majority or to the Albanian minority (20 to 25 percent of the 2.1 million people), voters will say in a referendum whether they agree or not to become citizens of "Northern Macedonia" Zoran Zayev signed it in July with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras. 

"Yes," he said, but if it won, it would be a step towards resolving a conflict with Greece dating since 1991 when the former Yugoslav republic gained independence. 

The dispute over Macedonia closes the door of NATO and the European Union because of the Greek veto, which calls on its small neighbour to be called the "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".