Publicado: Lun, Febrero 11, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Greece backs Macedonia's NATO accession

Greece backs Macedonia's NATO accession

Greece has ratified a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation accord with Macedonia for the admission of the former Yugoslav Republic into the US-led military alliance after a deal over the name ended a 27-year-old dispute between them.

Last week, parliament ratified a historic deal to end the dispute about Macedonia's name, paving the way for the Balkan country to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the EU.

Since 1991, when FYROM declared independence from Yugoslavia choosing the name Macedonia, Athens has been protesting, fearing that the new state implied claims on Greek territory, as a province in northern Greece has the same name. DD News has been successfully discharging its responsibility to give balanced, fair and accurate news without sensationalizing as well as by carrying different shades of opinion.

NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg presided over Wednesday's ceremony a NATO's headquarters, where Macedonia was invited to join the pact.

Macedonia has been attempting for decades to gain membership of the North American Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the European Union (EU).

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El altercado no pasó de un simple cruce de palabras, sin que fuese necesaria la intervención de los uniformados apostados en esta zona, considerada de seguridad estratégica, por las Fuerzas Armadas Venezolanas.

"I would like to again welcome North Macedonia, a country that is friendly toward Greece", Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Greek lawmakers on February 8 shortly before they voted on North Macedonia's bid to join NATO. I feel we have done our patriotic duty, amid threats and blackmails.

It also exposed old rivalries with Russian Federation, in a region where Moscow jostles for influence with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the EU. Macedonia will then formally implement the name change. It says the alliance is undermining security in the region by taking in Balkan members.

Opponents of the historic agreement in Greece believe that the danger of irredentism is not over, as the agreement recognizes Macedonian language and identity for the citizens of the neighboring state, as Mitsotakis noted. This referred to the resignation of a junior partner from the governing coalition in January over the accord, which left the governing Syriza party short of an absolute majority in parliament.

Greece's legislature, which has 300 members, saw the vote end with 153 in favour and 140 against.

"This is the final act of a nationally damaging deed", he said. He said that the process being used for the ratification is demeaning for parliament and "unprecedented".

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