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Friday, September 21, 2018, 

PM Zaev: Republic of Ilinden Macedonia could lead to possible compromise with Greece

PM Zaev: Republic of Ilinden Macedonia could lead to possible compromise with Greece

Skopje, 19 May 2018 (MIA) - The Republic of Ilinden Macedonia is the option considered by the premiers of Macedonia and Greece in Sofia last week as being 'the most acceptable', which was presented on Saturday at a leaders' meeting in Skopje.

"I briefed on the latest stage of the name negotiations. With utmost accountability, awareness and commitment to the state interests, I informed the President, the Parliament Speaker, the leaders of VMRO-DPMNE and DUI that the governments of Macedonia and Greece have discussed an option and a solution that might be acceptable for both parties. Republic of Ilinden Macedonia (in Macedonian Република Илинденска Македонија and in Albanian Republika e Maqedonisë së Ilindenit) is the possible compromise," Zaev stated.

This proposal, he noted, reinforces the foundation of our country. "Ilinden is our bright future, this name strengthens our identity and the Macedonian Ilinden is a guarantee for a multi-ethnic Macedonia."

Macedonia with the possible agreement will provide a final confirmation about the Macedonian language, a guarantee for the identity and for international codes, Zaev told reporters

"We will accept overall use for this name, whereas there will be stages for its use at home," the PM said announcing that there would be a name referendum. The idea has been already backed by Greece.

President Gjorge Ivanov, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski and DUI leader Ali Ahmeti were in attendance.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy PM Bujar Osmani, Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.

At the same time, a small group of people protested outside the meeting's venue against the negotiations to change the name of Macedonia. ba/17:53

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