Greece approves North Atlantic Treaty Organisation protocol on Macedonia's accession

Greek parliament

Lawmakers voted 153-140 to back the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation protocol that must now also be approved by all other alliance members.

Macedonia's admission to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was approved by a slim majority of MPs in the 300-seat parliament.

The vote came after the former Yugoslav republic agreed with Greece a year ago to change its name to North Macedonia and following ratification of the deal by the countries' parliaments.

"Today's vote closes the most important round of obligations involving Greece", Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told parliament ahead of the vote.

"I'd like to welcome North Macedonia, a country friendly to Greece, a country that must be an ally in efforts to establish security, stability and peace in the region".

The dispute had frustrated Macedonian attempts to join the European Union and NATO: Greece is a member of both and has veto power over other countries joining.

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"Clearly it is in Greece's interest to promote a European course for all its neighbors, not just for North Macedonia - and not (back) the influence of third forces in the neighborhood, with different aspirations and pursuits", Tsipras said.

Greek opposition parties reject the move, arguing that the name deal, which will end a 27-year dispute, concedes too much to FYROM.

Staring down strong domestic opposition from Greeks anxious the Balkan neighbor was appropriating Greek heritage, the government of leftist Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras pushed the name change through parliament on January 25.

With the completion of the ratification process of the NATO accession protocol by all 29 NATO member states, the Republic of Macedonia, which has been recently renamed to the Republic of Northern Macedonia, will become a fully-fledged member of NATO with the right to vote on all decisions of the Alliance. Provided lawmakers vote for the motion, Greece's foreign ministry will promptly notify the Macedonian government of the result.

The two countries remained deadlocked over Macedonia's name for the duration of the younger country's existence.

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