United Nations received North Macedonia’s note verbale

The Secretary-General congratulated the two countries and Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev on their determination in creating a forward-looking vision for relations between the two countries and reconciliation in the Balkan region and beyond. He is deeply grateful to his Personal Envoy, Matthew Nimetz, for his unwavering commitment and dedication in facilitating the negotiations.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Prespes Agreement

The Secretary-General has received official notification of the entry into force of the Prespa Agreement as of 12 February 2019, which, among other things, expresses the agreement by the parties to the name “Republic of North Macedonia”. He welcomes this development, which settles the long-standing dispute between Athens and Skopje and demonstrates that even seemingly intractable issues can be resolved through dialogue and political will.

The Secretary-General congratulates the two countries and Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev on their determination in creating a forward-looking vision for relations between the two countries and reconciliation in the Balkan region and beyond. He is deeply grateful to his Personal Envoy, Matthew Nimetz, for his unwavering commitment and dedication in facilitating the negotiations.

The Secretary-General calls on Member States, regional organizations and all international partners to support the historical steps that the parties have taken.

On Wednesday, shortly after noon, a sign with the new name of the country, Republic of North Macedonia, was erected at the largest border crossing into the country, in Gevgelija (opposite the Evzoni customs at the border with Greece).

This was the first sign to be placed with the country’s new name ever since the Prespes Agreement came into force on Tuesday evening.

According to announcement issued by the coordinating interministerial committee of North Macedonia, set up by the government in order to meet the country’s commitments under the Prespes Agreement, the country’s customs authorities must within three days place stickers on the border crossing signs and two airports in the Republic of North Macedonia (Skopje and Ohrid) with the new name of the country.