Macedonia to Hold a Name Referendum

Macedonia will hold a referendum on the recent name change agreement made between the country’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras.

Zaev announced this during a debate broadcast by Telma TV, saying: “Our citizens will know all details and see for themselves that the agreement strengthens our identity and our dignity. I challenge the opposition and Ivanov, and I’m ready to accept full responsibility. We must look forward, with clear sight for a just and right decision. If we are all for NATO and the EU then everyone must place themselves on the positions which they hold. It's worth it to stand together for the perspective for Macedonia. We must declare our views honestly, but the opposition has the right to show reservation. But a referendum is near. Concerning the ratification of the deal in parliament, Greece must send a letter to the EU and NATO, after which a referendum follows.”

The deal for ending the naming dispute between Greece and Macedonia will be signed this weekend.

According to Zaev, the referendum must happen before the end of the year, either at the end of September or the start of October.

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