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. The United States began referring to
Macedonia by its constitutional name, Republic of Macedonia, in 2004
and negotiations continue between Greece and Macedonia to resolve the
name issue. Macedonian, Albanian
Turkish, Roma, and Serbian are spoken.