Sunday, January 22, 2017

Macedonia Warns Serbia on Name Interference; Serbia Backs Greece, Suggests Name of FYROM

Macedonia -- a country that gained its independence from a disintegrated Yugoslavia in 1991 and has the same name as a bordering province in northern Greece -- warned Serbia to keep out of its "name game" with Greece, the VOA News website reports today (January 22, 2017).

Macedonia said Serbia should stop calling it by the "offensive" name FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), which Greece favors, since it is a different name from its northern province.

Although Serbia still calls the country Macedonia, its foreign minister has suggested a change to FYROM, the name the Serbian highway toll receipts use.

Greece argues that the name Macedonia implies designs on its bordering province by the same name. Many Greeks also believe that Macedonia wants to be recognized as the country in which Alexander the Great was born -- instead of Greece -- but he was born in the northern Greek province of Macedonia.

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