NATO allies sign Macedonia's membership protocol

The move followed a historic name deal between Skopje and Athens

Photo: EPA Macedonia's FM Nikola Dimitrov (L) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) pose for a family picture after the signing ceremony, Brussels, 6 February.

At NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday the Permanent Representatives of the 29 members of the Alliance signed the Accession Protocol for the future Republic of North Macedonia. The ceremony took place in the presence of Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.

Following the signing of the Accession Protocol, Skopje can now take part in NATO activities as an invitee, NATO press service said. The accession process now moves to the capitals of the 29 Allies where the Protocol will be ratified according to national procedures. The Balkan country will become a member of NATO as soon as all Allies have ratified the Accession Protocol.

“NATO keeps almost one billion citizens across Europe and North America secure and with you joining NATO there will be thirty countries committed to protect each other, NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said following the signing ceremony. He pointed out that Macedonian accession would bring more stability to the Western Balkans. Stoltenberg congratulated both Skopje and Athens for showing commitment and courage in reaching an agreement on the name issue.

 

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