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New bilateral accord on Macedonia’s name opens its door to NATO membership

14 June 2018

Both NATO and the European Union hailed the new accord by Athens and Skopje for a permanent name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to be called Republic of North Macedonia.

Agreed late on 12 June by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev, it now throws open the door to membership in NATO and the European Union for North Macedonia.

“I now call on both countries to finalise the agreement reached by the two leaders. This will set Skopje on its path to NATO membership. And it will help to consolidate peace and stability across the wider Western Balkans,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a 13 June statement.

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