Zaev proposes new name for Macedonia

Following talks this week with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev said a compromise name of “Republic of Ilindenska Macedonia” is acceptable to both sides, the Washington Post reports. “Ilindenska” means “the day of the prophet Elijah,” and it refers to a 1903 Macedonian uprising against Turkish occupiers. However, Greek political leaders briefed by Tspiras rejected the proposed name. Additionally, the Macedonian opposition refuses to accept a constitutional name change for the country. Zaev is saying final say on a new name for Macedonia will be put to a referendum.

 

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