World Court Rules Against Greece in FYROM Case

    The world court has ruled Greece was wrong to block former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s bid to join NATO in 2008 because of a long-simmering dispute over the country’s use of the name Macedonia.

    The court found Greece’s veto breached a provisional 1995 deal under which Athens agreed not to block FYROM’s membership in international organizations if the country used the name “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” while the matter was submitted to further negotiations – which are still ongoing.

    The ruling by the U.N.’s highest court Monday does not resolve the fundamental dispute over the name. FYROM adopted the name Macedonia when it declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1992.
    (Source: AP)