Kosovo leaders have welcomed reaching of a deal on the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece. Athens and Skopje say they have reached a deal to resolve their 27-year dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in a Tweet, has congratulated the Prime ministers of Greece Alexis Tsipras and Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, of reaching the deal. He said that this is an historic agreement which paves the way for the Western Balkan region to join NATO and the EU. The Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj welcoming reaching of the agreement said that such an event brings the region closer to the aspired Euro-Atlantic integrations.
Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on June 12 that Athens and Skopje agreed on the name Republic of North Macedonia, or Severna Makedonija in Macedonian, to end the row that has hampered Macedonia's ambitions to join both the European Union and NATO. Greece had objected to the name Macedonia, fearing territorial claims on its eponymous northern region. It had vetoed the neighbor's bid to join NATO and the European Union. The new name will now need to be approved by the Macedonian people and Greek parliament.