FYROM President Opposes “Tsipras – Zaev Deal” on FYROM Naming Issue



Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia President Gjorge Ivanov on Thursday reiterated his previous statement that he will not accept an “erga omnes” name, calling negotiations with Greece a “Zaev and Tsipras deal”.

Ivanov said that the talks between the two prime ministers do not follow the required legal provisions for the conclusion of international agreements, according to MIA news agency.

“The whole process looks like a personal agreement between Prime Minister (Zoran) Zaev and Mr Tsipras, and has nothing to do with a national consensus in Macedonia. My position is that I do not accept a solution to the issue with a name towards all (erga omnes)”.

Ivanov spoke after a meeting he had with FYROM‘s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov. The minister briefed the president on the latest developments in negotiations with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias and the teams of experts of the two countries that work out the legal and technical details of the name change.

During the Ivanov-Dimitrov meeting, the latter informed the country’s president about the latest developments regarding the discussions on the nomenclature.