All the major Greek parties have rejected outright the proposal put forward by FYROM’s prime minister regarding the naming dispute. Zoran Zaev and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras held talks last week when the former suggested the official name of ‘Ilinden Macedonia. This was immediately rejected following conversations between Tsipras and the main parties.
New Democracy, Movement For Change, the recently formed party, To Potami,Greek communists KKE and the ruling SYRIZA have all rejected the proposal, although the government kept up it’s optimistic position that a viable solution will be found.
Ilinden refers to an anti-Nazi uprising in the Balkans in 1944, which, however, sought to unify the geographic area of Macedonia, including parts of Greece
New Democracy suggested that the proposed name actually pushes the two sides further apart: “any reference to Ilinden in the neighboring country’s name does not put an end to the irredentism of Skopje, but instead it confirms and strengthens it”, the party’s statement said.