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Greek parliament ratifies Macedonia name accord


ATHENS: Greece's parliament on Friday ratified a landmark accord that adjustments the name of neighbouring Macedonia, ending a decades-old dispute and opening the way in which for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who hammered out the care for his Macedonian counterpart ultimate year, secured the parliamentary majority had to get the accord approved with beef up from independent and opposition lawmakers.

"After one year of negotiations, discussions and exhaustive diaologue, we are reaching the end of a tough and painful process," Tsipras advised parliament during a heated debate on Thursday evening, calling on lawmakers to approve the accord.


Macedonia has already ratified the deal.


The settlement seeks to end a 28-year old row between Athens and Skopje over using the term "Macedonia" by way of renaming the tiny Balkan state "Republic of North Macedonia" to distinguish it from Greece's northern province of Macedonia.


Many Greeks concern the agreement may just result in territorial claims towards Greece and say it constitutes an appropriation of their nation's ancient cultural heritage. Macedonia was once the birthplace of Alexander the Great.


Protests towards the deal have now and then turned violent this week, and on Thursday night police fired teargas to disperse crowds out of doors parliament. Smaller teams of other people braved heavy rain on Friday to exhibit out of doors the parliament.


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