Greek parliament ratifies NATO accord with Republic of North Macedonia

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members signed an accord with Macedonia on Wednesday, allowing the republic to become the 30th member of the USA -led alliance, after a deal with Greece ended a 27-year-old dispute over its name.

In a 153-140 vote, Greek lawmakers backed the protocol that now must be approved by other members.

"I would like to again welcome North Macedonia, a country that is friendly toward Greece, a country that must be a supporter, and not an opponent, of our efforts to establish safety, stability, and cooperation in the wider region", Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras told parliament shortly before the vote.

Greece and Macedonia - independent since 1991 - struck the historic agreement to change the name previous year, despite protests from opposition parties, and ratified it in parliament.

And I repeat once again: "I do not forgo the right to veto Skopje's accession in the European Union", he said, adding that New Democracy does not object in principle to FYROM's entry into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but it opposes granting "Macedonian" ethnicity and language to its neighbor.

Under the terms of the historic "name" agreement, reached last summer, Macedonia will officially start use of its newly agreed name, Republic of North Macedonia, once Greece approves its NATO accession. Macedonia will then formally implement the name change.

The row centred around concerns that Skopje would make territorial claims to a neighbouring region in northern Greece, which Athens says has used the name Macedonia since the times of Alexander the Great. But the election of left-led governments in both the countries made them less vulnerable to nationalist pressures.

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