Macedonia: Thousands rally against name change deal with Greece in Skopje

More than 4,000 protesters rallied in Skopje, Sunday, to demonstrate against a possible change to the name of the country demanded by Greece. The protest was reportedly organised by the 'We are Macedonia' movement. Demonstrators called on the government to halt talks with Athens over the name deal. Protesters also called for a UN resolution demanding that the country is recognised... Еще internationally under its constitutional name of Macedonia. Many in Greece see the name 'Macedonia' as posing a threat to the Greek state arguing that it implies a territorial claim over the eponymous region of northern Greece. After the Balkans Wars of 1912−1913, the territory of historic-geographic Macedonia was divided amongst Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia. The naming dispute dates back to Macedonia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. As a result, international organisations and states that do not recognise the constitutional name 'Republic of Macedonia' refer to it as 'the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia' (FYROM).

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