The UN announcement came after Skopje on February 12 said the country was officially renamed the Republic of North Macedonia under a landmark agreement to normalize relations with Greece that also allows North Macedonia to enter NATO.
Workers in the newly renamed North Macedonia have begun replacing road signs to reflect the change in their country's name, following a deal with neighboring Greece to end a almost three decade-long dispute and secure NATO membership.
Skopje is already using the new full name - Republic of North Macedonia - on its official website and Twitter page while the authorities were due later Wednesday to change border signs.
Macedonia officially changes name to North Macedonia
Athens had long argued that its small, landlocked neighbor's name implied claims on the northern Greek province of Macedonia, and on ancient Greek cultural heritage.
"May today be the beginning of a long friendship between Greece and North Macedonia", Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said in a tweet.
Workers set up a sign with Macedonia's new name at the border between Macedonia and Greece, near Gevgelija, Macedonia February 13, 2019. "We can't change our past, but we can and we will shape our future of friendship, partnership and cooperation".More news: Shawn Layden’s Comments on PS4 Cross-Play Clash with Wargoove Developer’s Experience
Three other former Yugoslav republics - Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro - have become North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, joining other states in the region including Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania.
Imagine if the country where you lived changed its name.
Within four months, the Interior Ministry will start issuing new auto license plates with the abbreviation NMK, while new passports will be issued at the end of this year, Zernovski said.More news: Spike Lee casts Chadwick Boseman in first film since Blakkklansman
The name change resolves a dispute with Greece dating back to the country's 1991 independence from Yugoslavia.
Just last Wednesday, NATO members signed the accession protocol alongside North Macedonia to launch its path to membership.
While North Macedonia is not yet officially a NATO member - officials signed an accession agreement last week in order to pave the way towards membership - it is still permitted to sit at the NATO table as a guest.More news: Apple iPhone sales fall in China
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