The Greek Parliament as the first member of NATO, the accession of North Macedonia to the defense Alliance. Previously, there had been between Athens and Skopje to an agreement about the new name of the Balkan country.
Greece has ratified, as the first NATO-member of the Protocol to the accession to NATO of the future Republic of North Macedonia. 153 MPs voted in favour, 140 members of Parliament. After the vote, the Balkan country is to inform all the international organizations and all the countries about his name change.
in January, the Greek Parliament had approved an agreement with Skopje, which sealed the change of name. The agreement had agreed on the two leaders of Greece and Macedonia, Alexis Tsipras, and Zoran Zaev, after several months of arduous negotiations, and despite fierce reactions from the conservative and nationalist Opposition in the summer of 2018. '"My name is North Macedonia welcome (in the NATO). The candidate will stabilize the Region," said Tsipras after the vote.
representatives of the 29 NATO countries had signed prior to the vote in the Greek Parliament, together with the Macedonian foreign Minister, the so-called Protocol of Accession in Brussels. The candidate must be from all the other parliaments of the Alliance States have been approved.