Macedonia Index 2006
Macedonia Main Index
Macedonia Introduction - 2006
SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991, but Greece's objection to the new state's use of what it considered a Hellenic name and symbols delayed international recognition, which occurred under the provisional designation of the "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." In 1995, Greece lifted a 20-month trade embargo and the two countries agreed to normalize relations, although differences over Macedonia's name remain. The undetermined status of neighboring Kosovo, implementation of the Framework Agreement - which ended the 2001 ethnic Albanian armed insurgency - and a weak economy continue to be challenges for Macedonia.
NOTE: The information regarding Macedonia on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Macedonia Introduction 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Macedonia Introduction 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.