FYROM PM Zoran Zaev congratulates PM Tsipras on a ‘historic victory’

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, in a twitter message posted on Friday, hailed as a “historic victory” the ratification by the Greek parliament of the Prespes Agreement, which will change the name of his country to North Macedonia and bring a long-standing diplomatic dispute between the two countries to a close.

“Congratulations my friend @tsipras_eu,” Zaev wrote, addressing Alexis Tsipras, “together with our peoples we reached a historic victory. Long live the Prespa Agreement! For eternal peace and progress of the Balkans and in Europe!” Zaev wrote.

Also, the government of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) issued a statement on Friday hailing the ratification of the Prespes Agreement by the Greek parliament and congratulating the people of the two countries.

“The government of the Republic of Macedonia strongly supports the decision of the Hellenic Parliament to ratify the historical Prespa Agreement, which puts an end to the three-decade dispute that hindered the development in the region,” the announcement said, and continued:

“The government congratulates the citizens of both countries, for the peace, progress and development that this agreement brings and encourages them to intensify their cooperation, connections and friendship. By reaching the Macedonian-Greek solution, the Balkans, Europe and the world have a new model for building friendship and cooperation between peoples and countries.

The government is grateful to all citizens, political and other societal actors that have supported the agreement and provided uplifting to the historical solutions built in it”.