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Macedonian president says country ready for solution over the name dispute with Greece June 21, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
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Macedonia is ready to resolve the name dispute with Greece that has kept the Balkan country out of NATO as long as the solution does not undermine Macedonia’s national identity, the president said Monday.

The dispute dates from Macedonia’s 1991 independence from Yugoslavia. Greece says use of the name Macedonia implies territorial claims on its own region with the same name, and has blocked Macedonian efforts to join NATO since 2008 while threatening to do the same at the European Union.

“We need a compromise in which there will be no winners and losers and which will be equally acceptable for all citizens. We are ready to reach such a solution,” President Gjorge Ivanov told reporters after holding talks with Czech counterpart Vaclav Klaus, who was in Skopje on a two-day visit.

“Macedonia is ready to reach a solution that would be mutually acceptable and which will not embrace the Macedonian identity and dignity,” Ivanov said.

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