Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995 (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia v. Greece)

Map of the FYROM and Greece (including the Greek region of Macedonia). Source: BBCOn 17 November 2008, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) instituted proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Greece for “a flagrant violation of its obligations under Article 11” of the Interim Accord signed by the Parties on 13 September 1995.

Article 11 provides that “[Greece] agrees not to object to the application by or the membership of the [FYROM] in international, multilateral and regional organizations and institutions of which [Greece] is a member”.

However, FYROM contends that Greece vetoed its application to join NATO during the Bucharest summit in April 2008, because it wants to resolve the difference between the Parties concerning the constitutional name of FYROM as a precondition for Macedonia’s membership.

In its Application, FYROM requests the Court to order Greece to “immediately take all necessary steps to comply with its obligations under Article 11” and “to cease and desist from objecting […] to the Applicant’s membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and/or of any other ‘international, multilateral and regional organizations and institutions.’”

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