US Secretary of State Praises Greek Deal to Rename “Macedonia”

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right and his FYROM counterpart Zoran Zaev, in the village of Psarades, Prespes Greece, on Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis, FILE)

With a deal between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to rename the Balkan country still awaiting ratification, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is already hailing it, while saying Greece’s neighbor is Macedonia, the name America has recognized since 2004.

That was relayed by Undersecretary of State Wess Mitchell who called the agreement historic after he met with FYROM Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, who worked with Greek anti-nationalist Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and UN envoy Matthew Nimetz, an American lawyer, to reach the agreement and end a 27-year name feud between the countries.

“I want to congratulate Minister Dimitrov on the historic agreement that Greece and Macedonia have reached at Prespa,” Mitchell said, according to Kathimerini.

He praised Dimitrov for his role and reiterated US support ahead of a Sept. 30 referendum in FYROM on whether voters will approve of the agreement with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev saying he will resign if they don’t.

The agreement calls for FYROM to be renamed North Macedonia although its citizens would be called Macedonian and have a Macedonian language and identity, infuriating most Greeks who opposed it, including Tsipras’ junior coalition partner, the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, who said he will take the party out of the coalition if it comes to the Greek Parliament for a vote.

That won’t happen unless it is approved in the FYROM referendum, coming after lawmakers in that country twice ratified it, the second time needed because President Gjorge Ivanov, who opposes it, refused to sign after the first approval but now must under the law.

Earlier, a State Department statement issued after Pompeo’s meeting with Dimitrov said the latter “expressed his support for the Prespa Agreement, the implementation of which will allow the country to join NATO as North Macedonia and facilitate the opening of accession negotiations with the European Union.”

Pompeo “congratulated his counterpart on the historic Prespa Agreement between Macedonia and Greece,” the statement said, referring to Lake Prespes, the lake on the border between the countries where it was signed.

More than 140 countries already call FYROM as Macedonia, the name of an abutting ancient Greek province now given away permanently and it’s still unclear whether, if the name change is made, that North Macedonia will still continue to call itself Macedonia.

Zaev still hasn’t moved yet, as he promised, to change his country’s Constitution to remove claims on Greek lands, including the real Macedonia and second-largest city and major port of Thessaloniki.

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  1. “expressed his support for the Prespa Agreement, the implementation of which will allow the country to join NATO as North Macedonia and facilitate the opening of accession negotiations with the European Union.”
    Now that the “immortals” have given the opportunity to join the ranks of NATO, the alliance will become invincible to its mortal enemies!

  2. Now we heard from …the former C.i.A director of the United States …MIke “torture them All” Pompeo, the purveyor of wars, regime changes, asassinations, war crimes and member of the dirty dozen Republican Neo Nazis…that now operate in our country! This is the same guy who was part of the overthrow of the previous leader of FYROM ….and put the current stooge in power!

    So why hasn’t Mr. Tsipras…. thrown out the ambassador of the United States for meddling and colluding with the leaders of Fyrom and Greece…to support a act of treason …to surrender the culture of Greek Macedonians?

    What do you not understand…. the United States is run by white Supremacist ideological demented fascist!

    While …. they condemn Russia for false charges of meddling in the affairs of the United States…and have evoked economic and military warfare with Nuclear Power Russia ….they confess that they have been the driving force in despicably turning over the culture of Macedonian Greeks to ….another future base of the United States and Nato ….FYROM!

    And spit in the face of the Greek people …who overwhelmingly opposed this act of treason!

    As a Greek American… it is clear, by watching the degenerates in our government…. at war with the elected president of the United States ….who they know was elected to remove them from power by the people of America…who 78% consider them corrupt thru and thru!

    The war by the swamp or deep state….to retain their power to execute the directives of their corporate owners …the billionaires club….are the same ones…. who have diplomatically, demonstrated to Greeks…who runs their country now…thanks to Mr. Tsipras surrendering all the soveriengty of Greece….to remain in power!

    These demented individuals…..actually believe they are the saviors of the world and represent a society of white supremacist…who can prosecute and accuse other countries of crimes, which they do everyday……but believe it is all justified …because they are a superior race…just like another lunatic…Adolph Hitler!

    As a Greek American ….i will not have them put my name on their crimes…and will not be the “Good German” who remains silent!

    Get out of Nato and the EU….or be enslaved forever!

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