FYROM’s Zoran Zaev and Gjorge Ivanov on signing of NATO membership protocol

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Prime Minister Zoran Zaev termed Wednesday a “historic day”, on the occasion of the signing of the accession protocol as his country joined NATO.

In a message to a social media site, Zaev said membership in the world’s largest military alliance will “guarantee permanent stability” to the country, and improve the future of generations to come in the region.

FYROM President Gjorge Ivanov hailed the signing of the accession. In a statement, his office said Ivanov has always been committed to the country’s strategic interests, but unfortunately today’s signing was preceded by the agreement to change the constitutional name of the “Republic of Macedonia”, which he believes has harmed the country’s national interests irreparably.