Turkish PM: It’s wrong for Macedonia to change name because of other country


Speaking at a joint press conference with Zoran Zaev, Turkish PM Yildirim said: “It is a mistake for another country to determine the name of Macedonia,” reports AP.

Macedonia and Greece have been in dispute over the name of the state for 25 years, and according to Zoran Zaev that dispute must be resolved by the end of the summer.

Zaev and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim held a press conference after the meeting in the Changkai Palace in Ankara, Anatolia reports.

Zaev addressed the name dispute with Greece, albeit differently than his counterpart.

“We discussed this with the Prime Minister. The Republic of Turkey supports and advocates a solution that will be convenient for both parties. A solution that is acceptable to NATO and the EU will also be convenient for us, “Zaev said, who said he hoped for support from friends in finding a solution, considering that the name dispute with Greece lasted 25 years.