In what may signal the end of one of the world’s most unusual diplomatic disputes, Macedonia has agreed to change its name.
Under the deal, the country known at the United Nations as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will be named Severna Makedonija, or Republic of North Macedonia.
The decades-long disagreement with neighbouring Greece has played a part in preventing the former Yugoslav republic from joining both the European Union and NATO.
The dispute was centred mainly on the use of the word “Macedonia”, which is also the name of a Greek province.
Greece objected to the name fearing territorial claims on its eponymous northern region.
The new name will now need to be approved by the Macedonian people and Greek parliament.
Al Jazeera’s John Psaropoulos reports from Athens.
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