SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said on Wednesday he would not sign a deal reached with Greece on changing his country’s name, saying it violated the constitution.
“My position is final and I will not yield to any pressure, blackmail or threats. I will not support or sign such a damaging agreement,” he told a news conference.
Ivanov, who as president has the backing of the nationalist opposition VMRO-DPMNE and has the right to veto the deal, said Macedonia’s possible future membership of the European Union and NATO was not sufficient excuse to sign such a “bad agreement”.
(This version of the story corrects the president’s first name to Gjorge from Djordje)
Reporting by Kole Casule, writing by Daria Sito-Sucic; Editing by Gareth Jones