Zoran Zaev : Macedonia PM sees solution to Greece name dispute by July

Zoran Zaev : Macedonia PM sees solution to Greece name dispute by July

Zaev voiced hope that the decade old name issue that exists between Macedonia and Greece would be solved by mid-2018.

"I believe it's possible to find a solution by the end of the first semester of 2018", Zaev told Greece's Alpha TV in an interview aired on January 7, as Orthodox Christians in both countries celebrated Christmas.

The quarrel between Skopje and Athens dates back to Macedonia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 and has poisoned neighbourly relations.

In the interview, Zaev said that the government is ready to talk about renaming the airport in Skopje, which would showcase his friendly intentions with the Greek people and repeated that Macedonia is not the only heir to Alexander the Great.

Greece's objections have complicated Skopje's aspirations to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union.

"Our strategic orientation is conclusively (towards) the European Union and NATO", Zaev said in the interview aired Sunday.

Athens also contends that, by claiming the name, Macedonia is appropriating a part of Greece's ancient history.

Macedonia is the name of a northern province in Greece and Athens is anxious that the use of the same name by the neighboring state could lead to territorial claims.

Skopje has long insisted that this designation was only provisional.

Macedonian government will seek national consensus, participation and consent by political factors and of course from the citizens before taking final stance on the solving of name issue with Greece, Macedonian Premier Zoran Zaev was quoted Sunday as saying in a televised interview.

According to the agency, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias recently also said that he was "optimistic" about finding a solution during 2018.



Related Posts

Cleveland Browns release statement on 'Perfect Season Parade'
Salmon said the crowd was impressive and it showed how fans want the Browns to turn the future around. There are players on this team who want to play and win for the Browns and The Land.

Online Casinos that Accept UK Players
Since the UK has grown to become a thriving gambling market, numerous gaming destinations have popped up that provide the service. Since the UK is regarded as the online gaming hub of the world, gamblers in the region are in no short supply of casino options.

Syria War: Russia Thwarts Drone Attack on Hmeimim Airbase
Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Hmeimim airbase and announced the withdrawal of some of the country's troops from Syria.

Jewish college student Blaze Bernstein, 19, goes missing in California
At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a dark-colored jacket, dark gray long-sleeved zip-up and white Adidas sneakers. Bernstein also said in the post that the family has begun a drone search with professional drone operators on their own.

Trump tweets about Fox News segment on minority unemployment
Then, as we noted above, he tried to claim that the situation for black Americans, particularly young black Americans, was dire. Wages have risen in communities with low unemployment, and the stock market has continually hit all-time highs .

Why Gambling Is Better than Sports Betting
Additionally, they can use these versions to practice various strategies to see which one will earn them the best winning chances. These versions give the gambler a chance to sift through the games to find the best one that resonates with their style.

'Star Wars The Last Jedi' Struggling in China Box Office
The franchise tells a series of stories about ex-girlfriends who enact revenge upon badly behaving ex-boyfriends. For years, China has been the saving grace for many big-budget Hollywood films.

Gas prices jump 15 cents at Mobil Guam, 76
The least expensive price averages in the state are in Jacksonville ($2.40); Orlando ($2.40); and The Villages ($2.41). With the holiday season behind us, motorists can expect gas prices to trend cheaper this month as demand decreases.

Volcano erupts for first time ever, prompting island to be evacuated
Officials from the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center confirmed that the 500 meter (1,640 feet) tall volcano erupted Friday. A change in wind direction could hit operations at PNG's Wewak airport, O'Brien added.

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers take revved-up offense to Minnesota Timberwolves
After the game, James stated that it is hard to determine the ceiling for the Cavaliers until Thomas is back consistently. Vegas has been spot on when predicting totals of Cavaliers games, with an even split between overs and unders.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.