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Macedonia name deal signed, finally

Macedonia name deal signed, finally

As a result, New Europe will continue to use the term Macedonia/FYROM when referring to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in line with the clarification issued by the European Commission - Mogherini's office - on June 18 which noted "pending full implementation of the agreement, the EU will use the name FYROM (spelled out in some cases), which is the name under which the country joined the United Nations". The deal is expected to open Euro-Atlantic perspectives for Macedonia, but for the opposition and many in Macedonia it is considered to be treason against the national interests of the country.

MIA news agency said the protesters - described as football hooligans who organized on social media - threw stun grenades, flares and rocks at the police, who used tear gas.

Protests in Greece organised in areas near Prespes on June 17 were met with tear gas, which resulted in 14 reported injuries.

Protestors also hurled stones and bottles at policemen in front of the parliament. "We are not backing down", a protester said.

The solution to the name dispute opens the door for the European Union summit on June 28-29 to decide to launch accession talks with the Republic of North Macedonia, and for the NATO summit on July 11-12 to extend a membership invitation to Skopje. Most hardliners want to avoid any use of the word Macedonia in the small landlocked country's name.

The authorities said some 5,000 people had earlier taken part in the protest against the agreement. Previously VMRO leader Hristijan Mickoski urged Dimitrov to resign due to his "capitulation" to Athens.

Tsipras could also face ratification problems, with his junior governing partner, the Independent Greeks party, and the centre-right New Democracy party, both against the deal.

"I thank the Prime Minister of Greece Tsipras Alexa and Macedonia Plowed Save for their role in the conclusion of the historic agreement, signed on Presp on Sunday".

Following the signing, the delegations held a lunch on the Macedonian side of the border, at Otesevo.

"Very few believed we would succeed", Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras added, standing alongside Zaev. The governing coalition controls 61 of the 120 seats in parliament.

Also, police said Monday that unknown arsonists set fire overnight to the auto of a lawmaker in Macedonia's left-wing governing party who had attended Sunday's signing ceremony. However, the president has said repeatedly that he will not do so. That would force lawmakers to repeat the debate and vote, and if the deal is ratified again then Ivanov will be unable to block it.

Greece in return will suspend the objections that prevented Macedonia from joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union.

Tsipras survived a no confidence vote 16 June that was aimed to stop him from signing the deal.