North Macedonia Name Agreement

The international community reacted positively to the Prespa agreement[12] and the media called it “historic”. [13] [14] [15] [16] The European Union welcomed them and The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, tweeted his “sincere congratulations” to Tsipras and Zaev. “I`m crossing my fingers. Thanks to you, the impossible becomes possible,” he said. EU Foreign Affairs Representative Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn also congratulated the two Prime Ministers in a joint statement “that leads to this historic agreement between their countries, which contributes to the transformation of the entire region of South-Eastern Europe.” [17] [18] NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the agreement and said it would put the Republic of Macedonia on the path to NATO membership. [19] In addition, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hailed the deal as “fantastic news.” [20] [21] “The agreement always confirms and strengthens Macedonian ethnic and cultural identity, Macedonian language, Macedonian nationality. It guarantees the security of the country and offers a secure future to the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia,” Zaev said. [22] – Assistant Professor, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I would like to thank Nikolaos Zaikos, Vasileios Tzevelekos and Miltiadis Sarigiannidis for the thoughtful discussions on different aspects of this document. [1] Final agreement on dispute settlement, as described in UN Security Council Resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993), the end of the 1995 interim agreement and the establishment of a strategic partnership between the parties (Prespa, June 17, 2018) . www.mfa.gr/images/docs/eidikathemata/agreement.pdf [2] www.mfa.gr/en/current-affairs/news-announcements/foreign-ministry-announcement-on-articles-concerning-greeces-stance-on-the-name-of-fyrom.html Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Foreign Ministry announcement on articles about Greece`stance on the name of the FYROM” (29 September 2014) . [3] Article 1, paragraph 8, further specifies that erga omnes also means use for all domestic uses and customs as well as bilateral relations between the two parties or their diplomatic contacts within all regional and international organizations and institutions.

Article 1, paragraph 3, point g) also provides that constitutional amendments to incorporate the use of the new name on national territory should be “binding and irrevocable”.

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