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Military Alliance : Nato decides inclusion of the North of Macedonia

Nato has decided the inclusion of the future Republic of North Macedonia. Representatives of the 29 Alliance countries signed an agreement on Wednesday with the Northern Minister, Nikola Dimitrov, Macedonian foreign the so-called Protocol of Accession. Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke of a "historic event".

The member States need to ratify the inclusion of the Balkan state. This is likely to be 2020. Nato will then 30. Members. Until then, Macedonia will be able to participate as an observer in almost all the Alliance meetings.

The Nato accession of Macedonia because the country has the year-long name dispute with Greece. The Balkan country agreed to change its name to Northern Macedonia. The government in Athens had asked for this, because a Northern Greek province is called Macedonia and claims to territory were feared.

Greece was able to Enforce his claim, because all the decisions have to be made at the Nato consensus. The country had the accession, therefore, his consent to the Covenant on the renaming of Macedonia linked. Greece itself has been in existence since 1952 a member of Nato.

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The official renaming of Macedonia in the North of Macedonia will be made after the ratification of the Nato accession Protocol in Greece. This step should be done according to information from Athens by the end of the week.

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