June 12, 2018 / 5:42 PM / in 4 months

Macedonian PM Zaev confirms 'historic' name deal reached with Greece

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Macedonia agreed to change its name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia after reaching a historic deal with Greece on their decades-old dispute over the ex-Yugoslav republic’s name, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on Tuesday.

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev addresses the media at the government offices in Skopje, Macedonia June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

Zaev said resolving the long-standing issue would open Macedonia’s access to NATO and the European Union.

“There is no way back,” Zaev told a news conference after a telephone conversation with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras who had earlier announced the breakthrough on the name.

Reporting by Kole Casule, writing by Daria Sito-Sucic; editing by Gareth Jones

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