Op­po­nents crit­i­cize Greece-Macedonia name deal

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The head of Greece’s main op­po­si­tion party is crit­i­ciz­ing a deal reached be­tween Greece and Macedonia to end a decades-long dis­pute over the lat­ter’s name, de­scrib­ing it as “deeply prob­lem­atic.” Con­ser­va­tive New Democ­racy party head Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis called on Greece’s pres­i­dent Wed­nes­day to in­ter­vene so the deal can be de­bated in par­lia­ment be­fore it is signed, in­stead of af­ter. The agree­ment, un­der which Macedonia will change its name to Repub­lic of North Macedonia, is ex­pected to be signed this week­end. The name dis­pute has poi­soned the two coun­tries’ re­la­tions since Macedonia gained in­de­pen­dence from Yu­goslavia in 1991. Greece wanted its north­ern neigh­bor to change its name, say­ing the term “Macedonia” im­plies a claim on the ter­ri­tory and an­cient her­itage of Greece’s prov­ince of the same name.

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