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Maas: Skopje and Athens made history

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomed Tuesday the name agreement between Macedonia and Greece.

“Skopje and Athens made history today. The 25-year-long dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia separated the Macedonians and the Greeks. It is excellent news that both sides have now reached a solution and agreed over the name Republic of North Macedonia. This demonstrates what patience, reason and mutual respect can do. It was worth not to give up hope, to be in close communication and that both sides have always reached compromises in times of difficulty,” the FM Maas says in a statement.

He adds that the negotiations were long and hard, but the commitment and vision of the two prime ministers and their foreign ministers have eventually led to success.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate both governments for this historic agreement! I urge all political forces in Skopje and Athens to contribute to the implementation of this historic agreement. It strengthens good neighborly relations between the two countries and contributes to the stability of the Western Balkans. In addition, it removes the key obstacle for Skopje’s approximation to the EU and NATO,” underlines German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.