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Macedonia agrees to name change deal with Greece

Macedonia agrees to name change deal with Greece

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June 12 (UPI) -- Macedonia reached an agreement with Greece to change its name on Tuesday, ending a 27-year dispute between the two countries. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev reached an agreement with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to change the country's name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia in acknowledgement of the Greek region of Macedonia across the border. Both countries' parliaments must ratify the deal and Macedonia is expected to hold a referendum on the change. "There is no way back," said Zaev. The name will be used both internally by the government and externally when conducting foreign affairs. Macedonia was previously only recognized by organizations such as the United Nations by the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. A spokesman for United Nations Secretary...