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Macedonia

WORLD FACTBOOK (US)


Introduction: Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991. Greece's objection to the new state's use of what it considered a Hellenic name and symbols delayed international recognition, which occurred under the provisional designation of "the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." In 1995, Greece lifted a 20-month trade embargo and the two countries agreed to normalize relations, but the issue of the name remained unresolved and negotiations for a solution are ongoing. The United States recognized Macedonia by its constitutional name, Republic of Macedonia, in 2004 and 97 other nations have as well. Some ethnic Albanians, angered...

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COUNTRY BRIEF (AU)


High-Level Visits: In October 2009, Prime Minister Gruevski accompanied by then Foreign Minister Milososki visited Australia as a Guest of Government. During the visit, Prime Minister Gruevski and then Prime Minister Rudd concluded a social security agreement which entered into force on 1 April 2011.

Then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Harry Jenkins, visited Skopje in December ...

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BACKGROUND NOTES (US)


People: Since the end of the Second World War, Macedonia's population has grown steadily, with the greatest increases occurring in the ethnic Albanian community. From 1953 through the time of the latest official census in 2002, the percentage of ethnic Albanians living in Macedonia rose threefold. The western part of the country, where most ethnic Albanians live, is the most heavily populated, with ...

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COUNTRY PROFILE (UK)


International Relations: Macedonia's Relations with Neighbours

Greece and the Name issue

The Republic of Macedonia gained its independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991. Wider international recognition was held up by Greek claims that the country's constitutional name implied territorial ambitions on the northern Greek region of Macedonia. In September 1995, following three years of difficult relations including a unilaterally imposed trade embargo, Greece and Macedonia signed an Interim Accord facilitating the normalisation of relations and Greece recognised Macedonia under the designation 'former Yugoslav Republic of ...

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