“Thousands of Macedonians marched in the capital, Skopje, in support of a move to change the country’s name and for eventual NATO and European Union membership.

The demonstrators urged a “yes” vote in the September 30 referendum that will ask if Macedonians want to change the name of their Balkan country to North Macedonia.” (RFE/RL)

“Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says citizens must either agree to accept a new name for the country or face a future of ‘instability’ and ‘isolation.’

In an interview with the AFP news agency published on September 16, Zaev urged Macedonians to vote yes in the referendum to decide on whether to rename the country the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

The referendum is scheduled for September 30 and follows an agreement with neighboring Greece to end a decades-long dispute over the country’s name.” (RFE/RL)

“The United States strongly support the Prespa Agreement. We see it as an opportunity to welcome you as the 30th NATO member, said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Wess Mitchell after Thursday’s meeting with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.

‘We know a lot of work and compromise was required from both sides. The road was long, 27 years, to reach this point. We also discussed the next steps. You have our support but Macedonians need to decide by themselves. The United States is interested in the Western Balkans and works for the stability and prosperity of this important region,’ said Mitchell.” (Nezavisen)