Northern Macedonia (until 2019 Macedonia). In June,
Macedonia changed the parts of its constitution which Greece
considered indicated that the Skopje authorities could have
territorial claims in the northern Greek province of the
same name. As a result, Greece lifted its trade blockade
against the former Yugoslav Republic.
Countryaah.com, Macedonia had previously changed its flag and removed the
vega star, which Greece considers to be a Greek symbol.
However, the name conflict between the two countries
remained, with Greece refusing to recognize the name of
Macedonia. That dispute led to Macedonia jumping off a
Balkan meeting in the Bulgarian capital Sofia in July, when
Greece demanded that Macedonia be allowed to participate
only under its UN name FYROM. The purpose of the meeting was
to strengthen stability, security and cooperation in the
economy among the Balkan states.
In April, Macedonia established diplomatic relations with
Yugoslavia, which today consists of Serbia and Montenegro.
However, Macedonian Foreign Minister Ljubomir Frčkovski
emphasized that this did not mean that Macedonia had taken a
position on which of the new Balkan countries should be the
successor of former Yugoslavia under international law.
Macedonia had previously established relations with the
other former Yugoslav republics of Slovenia, Croatia and
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Macedonia signed an agreement with the United States that
American soldiers remain in the republic even after UN
troops have surrendered. The agreement sets out rules for US
and other foreign troops to participate in military
exercises in Macedonia in accordance with NATO's Partnership
for Peace. In addition, the agreement opens the way for
Macedonian officers to receive training in the United
At the November and December local elections, Prime
Minister Crvenkovski's Social Democratic Alliance, Sociajal
Demokratiski Sojuz Na Makedonija (SDSM) received the most