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Old 02-06-2019, 06:50 PM   #1
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Macedonia signs Nato accession agreement

Nato states have signed an agreement with Macedonia, clearing the way for the Balkan nation to become the military alliance's 30th member.

Each Nato member will now need to ratify the accession protocol.
Last month the Greek parliament backed a deal ending a 27-year row over its northern neighbour's name.

They approved the name Republic of North Macedonia. Greece had blocked Macedonia's membership saying the name implied territorial ambitions.

The Greek region of Macedonia includes the country's second city Thessaloniki. Greek lawmakers approved the deal despite widespread opposition from the public.

Macedonia's Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said the country would change its name "in a matter of days" following the signing of the accession protocol.

"This wasn't inevitable - this wasn't even very likely to happen," he said, praising the political leaders on both sides who proved "the impossible is actually doable".

"This is a family that strives to make our world more peaceful and a better place. This is a journey that has made us more mature... we have proven that we can assume our responsibility, face a problem, and resolve those problems," he said.

"In a matter of days, we'll resolve the last remaining dispute we have with any of our neighbours."

The prolonged dispute meant that until now Greece also frustrated Macedonia's drive to join the European Union.

What happens next?

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the signing was "a historic day".

It is not quite the final hurdle - but the long journey to becoming North Macedonia has definitely entered the home straight, BBC Balkans correspondent Guy De Launey reports.

Nato membership is the first significant prize for the Macedonian government, our correspondent adds.

Macedonia would have reached this point a decade ago - but Greece had blocked its membership.

Now Greece is set to become the first country to ratify the accession protocol. That is likely to happen this week, our correspondent adds.

Then Macedonia will inform the United Nations and other institutions about its new name.

Why is the deal so divisive?

The row has run deep in both countries since Macedonia became a new nation after the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1991.

Many Greeks were enraged that their northern neighbour - a Slavic country - had adopted a Hellenic name that dates back to antiquity.

The Greek region, which includes the birthplace of Alexander the Great, is considered an intrinsic part of Greek heritage.

At the UN, its neighbour became known simply as Fyrom, an acronym for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and attempts to resolve the matter foundered for decades.

What is in the deal?

The deal was signed last June by the two countries' prime ministers.
It means that Macedonia will now become the Republic of North Macedonia, or North Macedonia for short.

Macedonia has already ratified the agreement and will inform the United Nations that the accord has been reached.

Aside from the name change, the deal carries assurances that there will be no attempt to appropriate the other country's territory.

Within a month, a commission will be set up to look at the two countries' history books, to ensure there is an objective interpretation of the past.
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Old 02-06-2019, 06:52 PM   #2
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NATO, Macedonia Sign 'Historic' Pact, Paving Skopje's Way To Membership

NATO's 29 members have signed an accession agreement with Macedonia, a key step toward Skopje becoming the military alliance's 30th member.

The move on February 6 followed a historic deal between Macedonia and Greece that removed Athens' objections and normalized relations between the neighbors.

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov signed the agreement along with representatives from the current 29 NATO member countries during a ceremony presided over by the alliance's chief, Jens Stoltenberg.

"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," Stoltenberg tweeted after the ceremony.

Macedonia and Greece last year approved an agreement under which the former Yugoslav republic agreed to change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia, paving the way for the country to join NATO and the European Union.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Stoltenberg, Dimitrov praised the leadership of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, to resolve the name dispute.

“It was easier to sit in the trenches of history. It was easier to even score political points by maintaining the dispute. But what they dared to do was invest political capital for the benefit of the two peoples of the two nations and the whole region and NATO as a family, as an alliance," he said.

Zaev tweeted that it was a "great, historic day for all our citizens. Today the largest security alliance in the world, NATO, has welcomed us."

Macedonia has said it expects Greece to be the first NATO member to ratify the accession protocol, after which the country will begin to call itself by its new name.

Since 1991, Greece has objected to the name "Macedonia" because it has a northern province with that name.

The name change deal, dubbed the Prespa Agreement after the border lake where it was signed last year, ends a 27-year dispute between the two neighbors.

In Athens, the speaker of Greece's parliament, Nikos Voutsis, said a ratification bill would be submitted to lawmakers on February 7 and would be voted on by February 8.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also warned NATO against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, two ex-Soviet republics that also aspire to join NATO, which is headquartered in Brussels.

After the Macedonia signing protocol, Stoltenberg praised Georgia, an ex-Soviet republic that also aspires to join NATO, despite Russia's vehement opposition.

"We are very encouraged by what we see in Georgia, their commitment to reforms, the commitment to strengthening defense and security institutions, transparency, judiciary reforms," the NATO chief said.

"We will continue to support Georgia as it moves towards NATO membership," Stoltenberg also said.
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LMAO make it rain bitches!

I wonder what Macedonians will say when their state budget now has to spend tens of millions on defense instead of hand outs.
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LMAO make it rain bitches!

I wonder what Macedonians will say when their state budget now has to spend tens of millions on defense instead of hand outs.
Macedonia will go bankrupt sooner than later... prior to any sort of NATO accession.

That dvojazichnost crap will drain everything they have from the coffers.

Albanians will all be translators... number one job in the country.
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I wonder what Macedonians will say when their state budget now has to spend tens of millions on defense instead of hand outs.
I think the full increase in the Defence budget to meet NATO requirements will require double the amount Macedonia currently spends...NATO demands 2% of national GDP to be allocated.

This amount of money can ba a challenge for prosperous and functional economies...let alone a nation mired in endemic dysfunction.
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Macedonia will go bankrupt sooner than later... prior to any sort of NATO accession.

That dvojazichnost crap will drain everything they have from the coffers.

Albanians will all be translators... number one job in the country.
Very good point. On top of that think of all the costs that will be incurred on the name change front. They want to increase pay for public workers and pensions.

They will go bankrupt. Unlike Greece who is already in the EU, Macedonia won't have anyone to bail them out.

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I think the full increase in the Defence budget to meet NATO requirements will require double the amount Macedonia currently spends...NATO demands 2% of national GDP to be allocated.

This amount of money can be a challenge for prosperous and functional economies...let alone a nation mired in endemic dysfunction.
Absolutely. Most of the members in Europe apart from the few biggest economies constantly balk at the spending requirements. Also Trump has been flirting with demanding increases in contributions.

There will be money flowing, but those morons don't understand that the money will be flowing in the wrong direction!
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Very good point. On top of that think of all the costs that will be incurred on the name change front. They want to increase pay for public workers and pensions.

They will go bankrupt. Unlike Greece who is already in the EU, Macedonia won't have anyone to bail them out...
Macedonia hasn’t got any hope of gaining EU membership, not for decades to come...NATO membership was driven by US interest alone, no such willingness exists from the Europeans for further EU expansion, they’ve already been burdened by the inclusion of basket case economies like Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Croatia, just to mention a few...then there’s the unforeseen impact of the UK’s impending departure...with that mess, I doubt there will be any further interest in the EU project, if anything it may be closer to folding than expanding.

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According to NATO's expenditure report, most countries do not follow the 2% gdp guideline. The States are first with 3.5% and Greece is second with 2.27%. The median (if you sort them, the one halfway) is Portugal with 1.36%. Albania spends 1.19%. Here is the full report:

https://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2...2018-91-en.pdf

I believe it's unlikely they will ask Macedonia to pay extra---I could be wrong of course!
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