NATO Signs Macedonia Accession Protocol
Macedonia's entry into the Alliance became possible after the country agreed to change its name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia. Greece blocked Macedonia’s NATO membership for a decade, believing that its name contained territorial claims
Ambassadors of NATO members signed an accession protocol with Macedonia, European Truth reports.
“Today is a historic day. All #NATO Allies have signed the Accession Protocol with Macedonia, which will bring more security & prosperity to the whole region. I look forward to the day when 30 flags will fly outside NATO HQ,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted after the ceremony.
The signing ceremony took place at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters. Each member state representative signed the document in an alternate alphabetical order. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.
The Accession Protocol of Macedonia is now to be ratified by each member state of the alliance. “I’m confident that this process will proceed smoothly, and we will all be able soon to welcome you as a full member,” said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
According to the secretary-general, from this day Macedonian representatives will join meetings of the Alliance “as an invitee at NATO meetings.” Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov is also welcomed at the NATO foreign ministerial meeting in April.
“Today’s historic event demonstrates that NATO’s door remains open to democracies who are ready and willing to further the goals of the Washington Treaty,” Stoltenberg summed up.
Nikola Dimitrov thanked all the capitals for the efforts and support of Skopje. He announced visits to NATO countries to encourage “efficient ratification.”
Macedonia’s entry into the Alliance became possible after the country agreed to change its name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia. Greece blocked Macedonia’s NATO membership for a decade, believing that its name contained territorial claims.
Greece intends to ratify the protocol on the accession of Macedonia this week. After that, under the terms of the agreement, Macedonia will officially change its name to North Macedonia and will report the change to the UN and other international organizations.
The Balkan country will become the 30th member of the North Atlantic Alliance.