European Western Balkans

Sobranie ratified agreement with Greece

Parliament of North Macedonia; Photo: Wikimedia Commons

SKOPJE – The Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia today adopted the Law on Ratification of the Final Agreement for the sttlement of the difference as described in the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993), the termination of the Interim Accord of 1995 and the establishment of the strategic partnership, MIA reports.

The deal for settling the 27-year-old name dispute with Greece from 120 MPs was ratified by 69 votes in favor, while opposition VMRO-DPMNE did not attend the session.

The accord to change Macedonia’s official name to Republic of North Macedonia was submitted on Monday by the government to the county’s parliament – Sobranie. In order to be ratified, the accord requires a simple majority from at least 61 MPs required for quorum. According to MIA, after Sobranie’s ratification, President Ivanov has seven days to sign the promulgation. If he opts to use the right of veto, the agreement will require the absolute majority of 61 votes. If it is ratified successfully, as expected, the agreement will have to pass a referendum, which will be held later this year.

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