In a press conference in FYROM on Wednesday, FYROM’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stated that an agreement in principle has been reached with Greece, but there is still “no final agreement”. “We have never been closer to reaching a solution to the naming dispute than today, while the agreement confirms the existence of a ‘Macedonian’ language and ensures identity,” Mr. Zaev said, stressing that the solution put forward will become the subject of a referendum in his country.

Mr. Zaev also announced that he will speak over the phone with the Greek Prime Minister, which he expects to be a great step forwards. Finally, the Prime Minister of FYROM stressed the need to promote the European and Euro-Atlantic prospects of his country, and added that the solution to the naming dispute will pave the way for FYROM’s accession to NATO.

 

Translation: Eleni Gogou