Jens Stoltenberg

NATO head urges Macedonia to end dispute with Greece, reform

NATO's secretary-general urged Macedonia on Thursday to solve its 25-year-old name dispute with alliance member Greece and proceed with wide-ranging reforms if it wants its membership bid to succeed.

Jens Stoltenberg said he "strongly welcomes" the small Balkan country's efforts to join NATO — a decade after the dispute with neighboring Greece halted an earlier accession effort.

"But while it is good to be ambitious, it is also important to be realistic," Stoltenberg said in an address to the Macedonian parliament in the capital, Skopje.

"There is still much hard work to be done," he added. "That means, of course, resolving the issue...