Pres­i­dent balks at ac­cept­ing name change deal with Greece

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ATHENS | Mace­do­nia’s pres­i­dent said Wed­nes­day that he would not sign off on a his­toric deal that would change the coun­try’s name, the most po­ten­tially dis­rup­tive re­ac­tion so far to the agree­ment with Greece that has re­ceived di­verg­ing re­ac­tions in both coun­tries.

Pres­i­dent Gjorge Ivanov said the agree­ment, which would re­name Mace­do­nia as the “Repub­lic of North Mace­do­nia,” gave too many con­ces­sions to Greece and vi­o­lates the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion.

The deal reached by the prime min­is­ters of the two coun­tries is ex­pected to be signed by their for­eign min­is­ters this week­end. After that, Mace­do­nia’s par­lia­ment would vote on it, and if it is ap­proved, Mr. Ivanov’s sig­na­ture would be needed.

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