Source: Government of the Republic of Macedonia

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov today, at the media centre of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia held a press conference in order to present detailed information of the public on the key elements of the Final Agreement with Greece regarding the name dispute, because, as MFA Dimitrov noted, "when making the decision, it is very important for each of us to know all essential elements of the Agreement."

 

In his speech, Minister Dimitrov addressed the following articles of the Final Agreement with Greece:

  • Article 1 paragraph 3(a): The official name of the Second Party shall be the "Republic of North Macedonia", which shall be the constitutional name of the Second Party and shall be used erga omnes, as provided for in this Agreement. The short name of the Second Party shall be "North Macedonia".
  • Article 1 paragraph 3(b): The nationality of the Second Party shall be Macedonian/citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia, as it will be registered in all travel documents.

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  • Article 1 paragraph 3(c): The official language of the Second Party shall be the "Macedonian language", as recognised by the Third UN Conference on the Standardisation of Geographical Names, held in Athens in 1977, and described in Article 7(3) and (4) of this Agreement.

  • Article 1 paragraph 3(d): The terms "Macedonia" and "Macedonian" have the meaning given under Article 7 of this Agreement.

  • Article 1 paragraph 3(e): The country codes for licence plates of the Second Party shall be NM or NMK. For all other purposes, country codes remain MK and MKD, as officially assigned by the International Organisation for Standardisation (“ISO”).

  • Article 2 paragraph 4 b(ii): The First Party shall ratify the Second Party’s NATO Accession Protocol. This ratification procedure shall be concluded together with the ratification procedure of this Agreement.

  • Article 7 paragraph 3: When reference is made to the Second Party, these terms denote its territory, language, people and their attributes, with their own history, culture, and heritage, distinctly different from those referred to under Article 7(2).

  • Article 7 paragraph 5: Nothing in this Agreement is intended to denigrate in any way, or to alter or affect, the usage by the citizens of either Party.

Transcript of the full speech: http://mfa.gov.mk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2836:30&catid=52:soopstenija-do-javnosta&Itemid=684&lang=mk:30&catid=52:soopstenija-do-javnosta&Itemid=684&lang=mk