North Macedonia Puts Itself On The Map, Officially

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Macedonia Raises NATO Flag After Accession Protocol Signed

The name change resolves a dispute with Greece dating back to Macedonia's declaration of independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

The Macedonian government said Wednesday, February 13, it had officially informed the United Nations of the country's new name following its historic agreement with neighboring Greece.

Fast forward to Tuesday, and North Macedonian President Zoran Zaev presented the hoisting of the NATO flag together with the country's national flag outside a government building in the capital, Skopje.

The small Balkan country of Macedonia officially changed its name Tuesday by adding a geographic designation that ends a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece and secures its entry into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The small Balkans country changed its name from Macedonia on Tuesday.

The country's defence minister, Radmila Shekerinska, noted her excitement to be the first minister to represent North Macedonia at the NATO headquarters in Brussels for a two-day meeting of defence ministers.

Greece had blocked membership because it saw the previous name as a threat to its own Macedonia region.

Workers were removing "Republic of Macedonia" road signs at a border crossing with Greece Wednesday, a precursor to a series of steps the country will take as part of the agreement, including changing signs at airports, on official buildings, web pages and printed materials.

But following a 28-year dispute, Greece's parliament finally came to an agreement in January on a name change for FYR Macedonia, to the Republic of North Macedonia.

All plaques on offices must also be replaced within four months, while the Interior Ministry should start issuing new passports by the end of 2019.

Athens had long argued that its small, landlocked neighbor's name implied claims on the northern Greek province of Macedonia, and on ancient Greek cultural heritage.

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