SKOPJE (Reuters) – Macedonia is ready to add a geographical qualifier to its name to help resolve a dispute with Greece that has held up its prospects of joining the European Union and NATO, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on Tuesday.
Macedonia joined the United Nations in 1993 with the provisional name “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” because its neighbor Greece objected to the one-word name saying it implied a territorial claim to a Greek province of the same name.
“I would like the negotiations (with Greece) to succeed … We are ready for a geographical qualifier in the name,” he told reporters in the capital Skopje on Tuesday.
He had pledged a speedy solution to the dispute last month during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Cars are parked in front of the airport Alexander the Great in Skopje, Macedonia February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski
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