You Miss FYROM Already. Don’t You?

In 1991, when Macedonia broke from the collapsing Yugoslavia, it declared itself the independent Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

On a trip to Athens and then Tiranë, Albania more than twenty years ago, I recall seeing anti-FYROM graffiti in Greece. Now, finally, “Macedonia, Greece Reach ‘Historic’ Deal On Name Dispute.”

Says the Guardian, “The tiny state will henceforth be known neither by its acronym, FYROM, nor simply as Macedonia but as the Republic of Northern Macedonia – a geographical qualifier that ends any fear in Athens of territorial ambition against the neighbouring Greek province of the same name.”

Thus ends what seems to an outsider one of the needlessly longest-running disputes out there.

Welcome to the Republic of Northern Macedonia. Unclear whether the flag will change.

4 thoughts on “You Miss FYROM Already. Don’t You?

    • U.S. citizens can’t go to North Korea just now, a recently-imposed rule, and there are restrictions on our visiting Cuba, more so now under the Trump administration than under President Obama, which was when we sneaked in a trip to Havana. Albania was prohibited, too, until sometime in the early 90s, if memory serves, when, again if memory serves, Secretary of State Madeliene Albright lifted that restriction.

      Enver Hoxha died in 1985 and the Albanian Communist Central Committee allowed opposition, under pressure, at the end of 1990. Elections swept away the regime in spring of 1991 and my wife and I flew into town in autumn of 1993. There were two hotels in the capital, the Tiranë and the Dajtie (sp?). Like in much of eastern Europe at the time, early non-government commerce happened in kiosks, and outside the Dajtie a little shed and a bunch of tables comprised “Nonstop,” a pop-up bar open 24 hours.

      Enver Hoxha’s daughter, an architect, designed a monument to him that sat a little way down the promenade, kind of a pyramid-shaped thing, and by the time we got there, kids would climb up to the top and slide down the former hallowed leader’s building, an activity engaged in by your faithful correspondent as well.

      It was an eye-opening trip. We met a couple who remain good friends today, with whom we’ve visited several times since, in the U.S. and Europe.

      Here are a few pictures from Tiranë and a couple from the beach in Durrës, in September, 1993:

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      • Thanks for that, I really like the photos. I’ll bet its changed so much already. The building in the first photo is the monument you mention, I presume. Its attractive in a 1980s way. I hope they have kept it.

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