FYROM Ready to Drop Claims on Greek Lands to Seal Name Deal

FILE - FYROM's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski, FILE)

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said his government will submit draft legislation soon to end irredentist claims on Greek lands as part of a deal to change his country’s name to North Macedonia and open the door to NATO entry and European Union accession talks.

The changes were narrowly backed by the Parliament and once the Constitution is changed the agreement that gives away the name of the ancient Greek province of Macedonia will go to the Greek Parliament.

The deal was pushed by Greece’s ruling Radical Left SYRIZA with anti-nationalist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras saying it had to be done to end a 27-year name feud and because 140 countries already refer to FYROM as Macedonia without a geographical qualifier.

It also allows, however, residents of what would be North Macedonia if Greek lawmakers approve ratification, to be called Macedonians and have a Macedonian language, culture and identity.

That was too much for Tsipras’ junior coalition partner, the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos to swallow and he said his seven Members of Parliament will vote against it and he’ll yank the party from the coalition if the agreement reaches the Greek Parliament, now set for March, 2019.

But he also said he wouldn’t bring down the government nor stand in the way of the deal, continuing his contradictory statements that have changed frequently, as he both opposes and supports the deal, allowing him to have it both ways.

Zaev said the amendments will include the requests made by the eight lawmakers of the conservative opposition who voted in favor of the changes last week.


  1. Still doesn’t change that they want Greek lands, just taking words out of a document does not change anything. As far as Fatsommenos that Traitor should be put on a spit this Pascha, and roasted like the big fat ham he is. Still what does Greece get out of this backroom deal? Skopje gets €£$, NATO membership, EU membership…greece gets NOTHING, fake prestige, the fake leader of the balkans, Greece should not even have a say if Skopje joins these groups as Greece should have left NATO, and the EU, years ago…now they get in, and eventually with a real greek government greece will leave these organizations and be free, while surrounded by NATO countries and all the close ones being hostile to greece…Greece loses again, and again and again…

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