Macedonia mulls four name changes to resolve dispute with Greece

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on February 27 that if dignity was preserved in a name change, Macedonian citizens would support it in a referendum.

Speaking after a Western Balkans summit held in London, Zaev said: “The suggestions are Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Upper Macedonia, Republic of Vardar Macedonia and Republic of Macedonia (Skopje)”.

The geographical qualifiers appear designed to ensure there is clear distinction between the Greek region of Macedonia and its landlocked Balkan neighbour.

The Macedonian premier was asked if he thought Greece would be happy with one of the options and he replied: “Yes… They have more preferred options and some not so preferred options (in terms of the name)”.

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