June 13, 2018 / 4:14 PM / a year ago

Macedonian president says won't sign 'damaging' name accord with Greece

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

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