Kodzias: Three Names for Macedonia Remain on the Negotiating Table


The Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Upper Macedonia and the Republic of New Macedonia are the names remaining at the negotiating table between Skopje and Athens.

In the coming days, an agreement could be reached to put a tenth-century dispute over the name of Macedonia. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Kotzias in an interview for the state television ERT.

Asked why the telephone conversation between the Prime Ministers of Macedonia (Zoran Zaev) and Greece (Alexis Tsipras) takes so long to be done, Kotzias said, "The neighbouring government faces problems and is now considering some revisions to the treaty."

However, Kotzias expressed the hope that these difficulties would be overcome within a few days. "Now is the time to say the big yes or the big no.”

In his view, the agreement is a good compromise, which both countries benefit.

The Greek minister did not wish to comment on the information that the name of Northern Macedonia was agreed and said the Prime Ministers of the two neighbouring countries would announce the final version.

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