Macedonia marks 20 years of independence from Yugoslavia

Macedonia celebrates Thursday the 20th anniversary of the declaration of its independence from the former Yugoslavia.

The central celebration will be held on Thursday evening in downtown Skopje.

The celebration will begin in front of the Macedonian parliament where parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski will hand over the 1991 Declaration of Independence to the Macedonian National Guard.

The ceremonies are all marked by the expectation that the country will finally get a start date for its EU accession negotiations, which mostly depends on the outcome of its dispute with Greece regarding Macedonia’s name.

Greece does not recognize Macedonia under its official name, the Republic of Macedonia, because it has also been the name of its northern province since ancient times.

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