Greece breaches obligation to Macedonia

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled on Monday that Greece’s blocking of Macedonia's bid to become a member of NATO or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is in breach of a 1995 accord.

In the accord, Greece had agreed to not object to any applications to join international organizations or institutions by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, unless the country uses a difference name.

The two countries have a long running dispute over the use of name "Macedonia".

More than 15 years later, differences between the countries on the name issue have not been resolved.

Martin Nesirky is the Secretary-General's spokesperson.

"Today's decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) pertaining to Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia deserves careful study by the two Governments, according to Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General's Personal Envoy on the talks between the countries. He said that he has urged both Governments to view this event as an opportunity and to think constructively about their mutual relationship. Mr. Nimetz said that at this juncture, a forward-looking attitude that emphasizes solutions rather than differences would help make a lasting solution possible.”

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