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Greek Parliament approves agreement on renaming of Macedonia

153 MPs supported the agreement
18:21, 25 January 2019

Protest in Skopje, Macedonia, April 27, 2017
Reuters

The Greek Parliament approved the Athens-Skopje agreement on the renaming of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the Republic of South Macedonia, as the results of the voting held on January 25 show, TASS reported.

153 MPs out of 300 voted “for”, 146 voted “against” and one MP has abstained.

“According to the order, the majority of the votes of the present MPs would be enough to ratify the agreement. Yet, the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras set a goal to ratify the document with at least 151 votes in a one-chamber legislative body,” the message says.

Related: Parliament of Macedonia endorses republic’s rename

Officially, the MPs were voting for the bill of Greece’s Foreign Ministry entitled “Ratification of Final Agreement on Settlement of disputed described in the resolutions of the UN Security Council No. 817 (1993) and 845 (1993), Termination of Interim Accord of 1995 and Establishment of Strategic Partnership between the Parties”. His consent meant ratification of the agreement on renaming Macedonia.

Before the voting, the committee on national defence and foreign affairs of the Greek Parliament was discussing the document. Then, it was discussed during a plenary session for three days.

Related: Macedonian parliament endorses country’s name change

The representatives of the ruling party were proving that this agreement is the only right decision in such conditions. The opposition called it a “betrayal of Greek interests”.

The PM Alexis Tsipras said that the day of agreement’s ratification would remain as a beginning of a new epoch in the Balkans in history. According to him, this agreement will help “Greece return what it belongs – history, symbols, traditions and heritage of the ancient Greek Macedonia, and South Macedonia will become a friend and ally”.

Related: Referendum on name change of country takes place in Macedonia

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