FYROM Set to Sign NATO Accession Protocol on Wednesday

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted on Saturday that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will sign its accession protocol to NATO on Wednesday.

“On 6 February we will write history,” wrote Stoltenberg.

FYROM’s Foreign Minister Nicola Dimitrov responded by saying on Twitter: “Writing history for a stable and prosperous future, promoting stability and common values in the Balkans and beyond. We have waited for a generation. But as Prime Minister @Zoran_Zaev would say, the bigger the challenges, the more magnificent the success.”

According to government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, Greece is expected to bring the FYROM’s NATO accession agreement to parliament for ratification “in the coming days”, which will bring into effect the change of the country’s name to North Macedonia.

He also said once parliament ratifies the NATO protocol, Greece’s Foreign Ministry will inform Macedonia’s Foreign Ministry of the result, a move which will automatically bring into effect the name change.