The parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will be ratifying the agreement with Greece on the name issue when it convenes at 11:00 am in Skopje on Wednesday.

The European Affairs Committee of FYROM's parliament approved the draft bill for the ratification late on Tuesday.

FYROM Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov presented the agreement to the European Affairs Committee, calling it "an act of responsibility and patriotism" and noting that it will lead his country to prosperity, greater stability and greater security.

The resolution of the disagreement with Greece over the name issue was a compromise, he told committee members, "in which we and our Greek friends tried to retain what is important to all of us." He added that the decision to resolve the issue was taken without pressure from countries of the West, and described the process as a sacrifice of mythology to benefit reality.

The main opposition party, VMRO, which opposes the agreement has called its followers to rally before parliament at the time the plenum meets to ratify it.