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Greek MFA says the result of the referendum is contradictory, but they respect the choice of the citizens

  Greece is following closely, albeit from the appropriate distance, the developments in the friendly country of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and remains committed to the Prespa Agreement. The result of the referendum in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, though it is a consultative referendum and not part of the binding clauses of the Prespa agreement, is contradictory....

Tsipras: After 3 decades, the name dispute has come to an end

Speaking at the Concordia Annual Summit in New York, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discussed, among other things, initiatives for the Balkans, mentioning the name issue. The Greek prime minister said that after three decades the name dispute has come to an end, and his vision is that, as a leading force, Greece will lead the whole region to...

Sekerinska: Work on constitutional changes will begin after referendum

We will not have any elections or a more clear demonstration than the upcoming referendum. This message will be conveyed to the public by September 30th, therefore our message is for everyone to exercise their right and express their opinion, said Minister of Defense Radmila Sekerinska while responding to a journalist's question whether early parliamentary elections are plan "B" after MPs...

Kammenos: Regardless of the referendum, the Greek people will have the last word

Whatever the outcome of the referendum, the final word on the Prespa Accord will be given to the Greek people, either in a referendum or in elections, said the coalition partner in the Greek government Panos Kammenos, repeating his positions again, but revealing his next steps after Macedonia would complete the proposed obligations. "My first proposal to the Prime Minister...

Kotzias: The agreement will be ratified and Greece will return its name back

The Agreement from Prespa will be brought by our government at the Parliament and will pass with the absolute majority, with over 150 MPs, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos KOtyias in an interview for the Greek radio "Real FM." He claimed that Greece has gained much more than our country which will have to make major changes, but...

Tsipras will mark the end of the Greek economic Odyssey with TV address

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras will have a TV address to the nation today on the occassion of the end of the country’s financial crisis. Tsipras symbolically chose Ithaca island in the Ionian Sea, the home of Odysseus, which he struggles to find in his well known aruduous 10-year journey after the Trojan War. With it Tsipras will mark the...

Heated diplomatic agenda for the Greek government at the end of summer

The unexpected development with the release of the two Greek  soldiers after five months’ imprisonment in Turkey, should not make the Greek government complacent, because the end of summer and the begining ofautumn bring a number of high profile foreign policy issues. The most notorious is the referendum in the Republic of Macedonia on the Prespa Agreement.  Its outcome will...

Government condemns hate speech directed at victims of Greece fires

The Government has condemned hate speech directed at victims of the fire in Athens via social networks, said government spokesman, Mile Bosnjakovski, while responding to a journalist’s question whether a certain procedure would be initiated against those people. “We express are condolences with the victims in Greece. Hate speech is not acceptable for Macedonia as a modern state whose aspirations...

Moscow: The agreement concerning the name, instead of consensus, provoked additional friction

The solution for the name should be based on a broad social consensus and an impeccable constitutional basis. With the Prespa Agreement this is not the case. It just caused additional schisms in both Greece and the Republic of Macedonia, said Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at today's press briefing, stated the Russian...

Reuters: Russian diplomats in Greece involved in “many illegal activities” in protests against Macedonia

The Russian diplomats that Greece is due to expel regarding interference in Greece's domestic affairs, as well as an attempt to undermine the agreement for the name with Macedonia, have been involved in "many illegal activities" related to protests against the Agreement in Greece, reports Reuters News Agency. The agency reports that Greece had issued official warnings to Russian authorities on...

Greece to expel two Russian diplomats over attempts to undermine the name dispute Treaty

The Greek government has decided to expel two Russian diplomats and ban the entry of two others, accusing them of attempting to interfere in Greece's internal affairs, as well as undermining the Agreement regarding the name with Macedonia, reports the Greek daily “Kathimerini”. Diplomats have been charged with attempts to obtain and distribute information, as well as the bribing of...

Zaev asks for support from EU prime ministers for start of negotiations with Macedonia

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has written to the prime ministers of EU member states, urging them to support a decision to start Macedonia's accession talks with the EU as a long-deserved decision, stated the government. In his letter he informed them about the Agreement for resolving the name dispute and establishing a strategic partnership between Macedonia and Greece, and he...

Today, Macedonia face to face with EU foreign ministers

Today, the EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg should decide regarding the EC recommendation to start accession negotiations for Macedonia and Albania. Yesterday, Euro-Commissioner Federica Mogherini called on member states to reward Macedonia's impressive progress regarding signing the Agreement regarding the name with Greece. “You know that we recommended opening negotiations with Skopje and Tirane, this process must be based on...

VMRO-DPMNE will not take part in Parliament’s efforts on Agreement with Greece

VMRO-DPMNE’s parliamentary group will not take part in Parliament’s efforts concerning the agreement over the name with Greece. Any further participation will be decided by party organs, said MP Antonio Miloshoski today. According to him, the agreement is not a compromise but blackmail, which someone had to sign, either because of previous actions or future rewards. “Legally, the agreement is anti-constitutional,...

Macedonia signs Agreement with Greece in Prespa

In the village of Psarades (Nivitsi) on the Greek side of the Prespa Lake, Foreign Ministers of Macedonia and Greece, Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias, signed the “Final Agreement in resolving the differences described in resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993) by the United Nations Security Council, for the termination of the validity of the Interim Accord of 1995...

Tsipras: We can not forbid them to identify themselves as Macedonians

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said yesterday in an interview with Greek state television ERT that with the new agreement, Greece can not ban the right of the people of the Republic of Macedonia to self-determination, MIA reports from Athens. “There is a solution for citizenship in the agreement, because we can not ban our neighbors' right to self-determination as...

Ivanov refuses to sign deal “I will not be shaken by threats and blackmail”

The agreement between Macedonia and Greece does not unite the society, but additionally polarizes it. I will strive for a solution that will not violate the dignity of the Macedonian people and the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, President Gjorge Ivanov said when he addressed the public and went on to announced that he did not intend to...

Monuments will have inserts with explanations, anthem remains the same, says Government

State institutions, meaning all those financed by the state, will have to adapt and follow the spirit of the agreement with Greece, said government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski while answering questions of possible changes to the names of institutions ARM, MANU, MRT, MNT. He revealed that the meeting between the two prime ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras will take place...

Dimitrov: The deal is not ideal, but it must fulfill the most important interests of both parties

Is the deal ideal? Of course not. But let's not forget that every successful agreement must fulfill the most important interests of both parties. This was written by Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov on his Facebook profile. He took to the social media page after the agreement reached with Greece. "Have we done everything we can in the circumstances? Did we get...

Nimetz: It was an honour to be mediator, Dimitrov and Kotzias demonstrated leadership and vision

United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz welcomed the announcement by Prime Ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras on finding a mutually acceptable solution to the decades-long name dispute. Mr Nimitz said it had been an honour mediating between the two countries and commended the two foreign ministers who demonstrated leadership, vision and determination in the negotiating process and never faltered in...