AZUZ: The bordering countries of Macedonia andGreece may be a step closer to resolving a disputethey've had since 1991. Macedonia isn't just thename of a country, it's the name of an ancientkingdom, the birthplace of Alexander the Great.
When the Republic of Macedonia was established in1991, it's name angered Greece, because Greece hasa province named Macedonia. And Greece wants only its province to have that name.
This has been such a stumbling block in their relations, that Greece has blocked the countryof Macedonia from joining international alliances of the European Union and the North AtlanticTreaty Organization.
But this year, the prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia made an agreement. If the nationof Macedonia vote to change its name to Republic of North Macedonia, it can move towardmembership in the E.U. and NATO.
But not everyone in Macedonia wants that. And in the vote held Sunday, there was acomplication. More than 91 percent of the Macedonians who voted said they supported thename change as well as E.U. and NATO membership.
But turnout was low, below 37 percent of eligible voters, and the government had set thethreshold at 50 percent. Experts say the Macedonian Government can still move forward withthe changes, there'll just be some controversy to doing that.
And this is significant around the world because what happens with the vote could signalwhether Macedonia comes under greater European influence or greater Russian influence.