Macedonia is officially renamed North Macedonia

Posted at 1:52 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 13:52:54-05

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government says the country is now officially renamed North Macedonia, under an agreement to normalize relations with Greece that also allows Macedonia 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.