NATO pre­pares to wel­come North Mace­do­nia

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

Mace­do­nia will sign an ac­ces­sion pro­to­col with NATO on Wed­nes­day un­der its new name North Mace­do­nia af­ter par­lia­ments in the tiny Balkan coun­try and its south­ern neigh­bor Greece rat­i­fied a his­toric name change deal.

NATO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Jens Stoltenberg an­nounced the change on Twit­ter Satur­day. The cer­e­mony will take place at NATO head­quar­ters in Brus­sels. Greece had blocked Mace­do­nia from join­ing NATO for three decades be­cause of the name dis­pute, say­ing that Mace­do­nia’s name im­plied ter­ri­to­rial claims to­ward Greece’s north­ern prov­ince.

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