Macedonia: Protests as Stoltenberg speaks in parliament on NATO ascension

Macedonian nationalists and anti-war activists protested against the speaking of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outside of the parliament in Skopje on Thursday, where he made a speech on the country's progress towards NATO ascension. Nationalists claim that the country's potential entry into the organisation would result in a change of its name, which has been an ongoing point of... Еще dispute with their southern neighbours Greece. «The statement he [NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg] gave yesterday, was the following: 'In order for Macedonia to join NATO, it is necessary to find a compromise for the name of the country',» said one of them. On the other hand, the anti-war activists protested against the ascension in any form, which was summarised by banners such as «Against profit-wars,» and placards, «In NATO not even by our constitutional name.» Over 130 countries recognise Macedonia as the 'Republic of Macedonia', while many other countries, above all Greece, refer to it with the provisional description 'the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.'

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