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>> Hundreds of thousands of Greeks protested outside the Parliament in Athens on Sunday.>>
> That name remains its official title in international organizations. But there are hopes the disagreement could be resolved. Greece's foreign minister said last week that the country is preparing proposals which would be the basis of a settlement.
No one can use it.>> Greece objects to the former Yugoslav republic's name because it has its own territory called Macedonia. And they argue it implies a territorial claim over Greek land. The case also arouses strong emotions among Greeks who consider the ancient kingdom of Macedonia, ruled over by Alexander the Great, to be an integral part of their heritage.
>> They have the right to have their own country. They have the right to have their own name, but they cannot steal. That's all.>> Ever since the small Balkan state broke away from Yugoslavia in 1991, efforts to resolve this dispute have proved inconclusive. And that's blocked Macedonia's aspirations to join NATO and the European Union.
It was admitted to the United Nations with the provisional name, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 1993.>>
The government has proposed Macedonia be known by a compound name with a geographical qualifier. But protesters here want to make sure the moniker Macedonia is not part of any deal. A recent poll suggested that 70% of Greeks opposed the use of the name in any solution.