Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Greece’s Parliament backs North Atlantic Treaty Organisation admission for Macedonia

Greece’s Parliament backs North Atlantic Treaty Organisation admission for Macedonia

Lawmakers late February 8 voted 153-140 to ratify the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation accession protocol for neighboring Macedonia that must now also be approved by all other alliance members.

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

The protocol was backed by 153 lawmakers in the 300-seat legislative body, with 140 lawmakers voting against it and one lawmaker abstaining from the vote. I feel we have done our patriotic duty, amid threats and blackmails.

The newly-named Republic of North Macedonia earlier this week signed an accession pact with NATO, which began its membership process.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members signed an accord with Macedonia on Wednesday, allowing the republic to become the 30th member of the US -led alliance, after a deal with Greece ended a 27-year-old dispute over its name.


FILE - Protesters hold a giant Greek national flag during a demonstration against the agreement reached by Greece and Macedonia to resolve a dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name, in front of the parliament building in Athens, Jan. 24, 2019.

Greece's ratification of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation accord will see Macedonia now call itself by its new name. Greece has a northern province called Macedonia.

On Wednesday, Skopje signed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation accession papers in Brussels that will lead to Macedonia becoming the alliance's 30th member once the bid has been ratified by all members.

For Skopje to achieve full membership, NATO'S 29 current members must ratify the accession protocol.

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