June 12, 2018 / 5:42 PM / 6 months ago

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

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

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.

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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