Canada has recognized the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia as Macedonia, the name rejected by neighbor Greece for the past 16 years, Macedonia's Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said on Thursday.
The name is one of the most emotive foreign policy issues in Greece. Macedonia is also the name of Greece's northern province, birthplace of Alexander the Great, and Athens objects to the use of the name as a sign of territorial ambitions.
"We were informed by the Macedonian embassy that Canada recognized Macedonia under its constitutional name, which is a good thing," Gruevski said.
Athens has opposed the name "Macedonia" ever since the republic broke away from socialist Yugoslavia in 1991.
"This decision does not please us," Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos told reporters. Greece's Foreign Minister would contact her Canadian counterpart to "stress Greece's unwavering position" on the issue.
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