Law­mak­ers OK switch to name North Mace­do­nia

The Herald Sun - - Nation -

Mace­do­nia late Fri­day ful­filled its part of a his­toric deal that will pave its way to NATO mem­ber­ship and nor­mal­ize re­la­tions with neigh­bor­ing Greece, af­ter law­mak­ers ap­proved con­sti­tu­tional changes to re­name the coun­try North Mace­do­nia.

The move was hailed by NATO and the Euro­pean Union. NATO leader Jens Stoltenberg said the al­liance strongly sup­ports the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment, un­der which Greece will lift its ob­jec­tions to Mace­do­nia join­ing NATO and the EU.

For the agree­ment to take ef­fect, Greece’s par­lia­ment must rat­ify it.

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