Macedonia is ready to use the name of FYROM to join NATO in the face of Athens' opposition to its being called the Republic of Macedonia, news reaching from Skopje reported on Monday.
"If there is no solution (to the name dispute) before Macedonia joins NATO, the state is ready to become a full-fledged member with the name it used at the UN, but only temporally," Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski said in an interview with Greek newspaper Kathimerini published on Sunday.
He said his country, more than anybody else, wants to resolve the name issue and gets rid of the lengthy acronym FYROM, which stands for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Macedonia got independence from former Yugoslavia in 1991, and entered the United Nations under the name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. But it prefers to be called the Republic of Macedonia.
Greece is at odds with Macedonia over its name, which Athens says implies territorial claims to the northern Greek province of Macedonia, fiercely opposing its northern neighbor uses the same name and instead demanding it uses the name of the FYROM.
Greece has threatened to seek veto on Macedonia's NATO and EU bids, unless the name dispute is resolved.
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