The government in Skopje says the country is now officially renamed North Macedonia, under an agreement to normalize relations with Greece that also allows the Balkan country to enter NATO.
A government press release says as of Tuesday, the country is officially called the Republic of North Macedonia.
A government official said the decision would be published in the government gazette later Tuesday.
As of Wednesday, the official said, the new name will be incorporated in official road signs – starting with one on the border with Greece. The official spoke on customary condition of anonymity.
The name change resolves a dispute with neighboring Greece that has gone back decades. [AP]
We have just exchanged the final note verbale: Prespa Agreement enters into force! May today be the beginning of a long friendship between Greece and North Macedonia. We can’t change our past, but we can and we will shape our future of friendship, partnership and cooperation.— Nikola Dimitrov (@Dimitrov_Nikola) February 12, 2019