Republika GornaMakedonija (Republic of Upper Macedonia) is the new name Greece proposed for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Local media claim exclusive information from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggests out of four names proposed to UN mediator Matthew Nimetz, Republika GornaMakedonija in Slavic is the one which seems acceptable to both sides.
For Athens, GornaMakedonija is one word and with its Slavic pronunciation it does not sound like Macedonia. At the same time, the word ‘Macedonia‘ by itself is absent from the name.
According to reports, the same source said Skopje had initially asked for the name to be Republika Nova Makedonija (Republic of New Macedonia), while the Greek side had suggested that the neighboring country be called Republika Vardarska Makedonija (Republic of Macedonia of Vardar).
The third solution chosen from Nimetz’s package — the Republic of Gorna-Makedonia (Upper Macedonia) — was agreed upon by both countries.
Both sides have reportedly agreed to the name and an official agreement will be signed in the near future. In order for Skopje to sign, the Balkan country’s constitution has to change so there are no irredentist articles which claim territory in northern Greece.
The agreement will explicitly state that Skopje will change its constitution and the redundant articles within a certain period of time.
It will also describe in detail the economic and developmental relations between the two countries. The same sources claim the agreement will be submitted to the UN by March 20.