Greek parliament approves Macedonia's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation accession

Greek Ambassador to NATO Spiros Lambridis shakes hands with Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov during the signing of accession protocol between the Republic of North Macedonia and NATO

Greek parliament approved on Friday the protocol on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) under its new name "Republic of North Macedonia". 153 MPs voted in favour of the protocol, while 140 were against.

The vote in Athens came two days after, at a ceremony in Brussels, current Nato member states' ambassadors signed the accession protocol of the country that when the Prespa Agreement comes into full effect will be known as the Republic of North Macedonia.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (1st R) addresses Greek lawmakers on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) NATO accession protocol, in Athens, Greece, on February 8, 2019.

"We will all be judged by people and history. I feel we have carried out our patriotic duty". "We did what is right", Tsipras told parliament during a heated debate Friday.

Greece's parliament has approved a measure for Macedonia to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, ending a decades-old dispute.

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Greece and the former Yugoslav province - independent since 1991 - struck the historic agreement last summer.

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Athens asserted that the use of the name "Macedonia" suggests Skopje has territorial claims to Greece's northern region of Macedonia. In ancient times it was the cradle of Alexander the Great's empire, a source of intense pride for Greeks.

The ratification by the Greek MPs of the protocol signed by permanent representatives of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states earlier this week at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels, opens the way for Greece's northern neighbour to start using its new name.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and members of his government applaud after a vote on changing Macedonia's name to North Macedonia in Athens, Greece, January 25, 2019.

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