Macedonians to Decide Whether to Change Their Country’s Name
Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov is urging Macedonians to boycott a popular vote on whether the country should change its name.
He called changing the country's name from the Republic of Macedonia to North Macedonia "historical suicide."
Ivanov spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
He said, "It is a censorship of the world and an auto-censorship of the collective conscience of Macedonian people."
Ivanov has refused to support a deal reached between Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Under the deal, the people of Macedonia will vote on whether to change the country's name or not.
The Associated Press reports that it is unclear if 50 percent of voters will take part in the referendum, which is required for the vote to be official.
If voters do support the change, parliament will have to change Macedonia's constitution.
Ivanov has called the deal a clear "violation of sovereignty."
He criticized the vote saying: "This referendum could lead us to become a subordinate state, dependent on another country." He added, "We will become a state in name only, not in substance."
Greece has said that the name Macedonia belongs only to its northern province of Macedonia. It says by using the name, the country of Macedonia can make a claim to the Greek province.
Since Macedonia became independent in 1991, Greece has put pressure on it to change its name. Because of the Objections of Greece, Macedonia is known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the United Nations. Greece also has blocked Macedonia from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO.
Supporters of the name change say it will lead to NATO membership and permit the country to join the European Union after a set time period.
Opponents consider the change a national humiliation.
On Sunday, September 30, the people of Macedonia will vote on whether to change their name to North Macedonia.
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马其顿总统伊万诺夫(Gjorge Ivanov)敦促该国全体公民抵制公投，该公投将决定是否更改国名 。
伊万诺夫拒绝支持马其顿总理扎耶夫与希腊总理齐普拉斯达成的协议 。根据协议，马其顿公民将投票决定是否更改国家名字 。
他批评这次公投并表示:“这次公投可能导致我们成为一个从属国家，依赖于另一个国家 。”他补充说，“我们将成为一个名义上的国家，而不是实质上的国家 。”
希腊表示，“马其顿”一词只属于其北部的马其顿省 。希腊表示，若共享这个名字，马其顿（国家）可以对希腊的省份提出主权要求 。
自1991年独立以来，马其顿一直受到希腊方面的施压，要求其更改国名 。由于希腊的反对，马其顿以“前南斯拉夫马其顿共和国”的名义加入联合国 。希腊还阻止马其顿加入北大西洋公约组织(NATO) 。