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Macedonia News : Reply by the Pan-Macedonian Association USA to FYROM’s Foreign Minister

February 24, 2012

“Wrong Cause of Macedonian Instability”

The article published Feb. 6 by The Washington Times titled “Macedonia complains Greece is ‘irrational’ ” needed more context. The foreign minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Nikola Poposki, accusing Greece of being irrational is the result of mirror-imaging. The issue of instability in his country is the result of bad governance by the Slav-led majority, endangering the stability of the entire region.

Greece is the only neighboring state with no claims whatsoever to the country, and its contribution to the regional stability kept the FYROM together in 2001.

One must have in mind that the FYROM’s economic development is part of the investment strategy that Greek enterprises have been building up for more than a decade. Greek entrepreneurs and business people have created thousands of jobs for the FYROM citizens, whose unemployment rate is between 30 percent and 40 percent.

Despite its financial mess, Greece is an important American ally, spending 3.6 percent of its gross domestic product on defense versus just 1.4 percent by the FYROM – far below the expected spending level of 2 percent for NATO members. In addition, only 26.2 percent of the FYROM’s population favors EU and NATO membership. Greece does not deserve to have its hand bitten time after time.

KOSTAS HATZISTEFANIDIS

President

Pan-Macedonian Association USA

New York

Source: Washington Times

Macedonia News : Reply by the Pan-Macedonian Association USA to FYROM’s Foreign Minister

February 24, 2012

“Wrong Cause of Macedonian Instability”

The article published Feb. 6 by The Washington Times titled “Macedonia complains Greece is ‘irrational’ ” needed more context. The foreign minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Nikola Poposki, accusing Greece of being irrational is the result of mirror-imaging. The issue of instability in his country is the result of bad governance by the Slav-led majority, endangering the stability of the entire region.

Greece is the only neighboring state with no claims whatsoever to the country, and its contribution to the regional stability kept the FYROM together in 2001.

One must have in mind that the FYROM’s economic development is part of the investment strategy that Greek enterprises have been building up for more than a decade. Greek entrepreneurs and business people have created thousands of jobs for the FYROM citizens, whose unemployment rate is between 30 percent and 40 percent.

Despite its financial mess, Greece is an important American ally, spending 3.6 percent of its gross domestic product on defense versus just 1.4 percent by the FYROM – far below the expected spending level of 2 percent for NATO members. In addition, only 26.2 percent of the FYROM’s population favors EU and NATO membership. Greece does not deserve to have its hand bitten time after time.

KOSTAS HATZISTEFANIDIS

President

Pan-Macedonian Association USA

New York

Source: Washington Times

Macedonia News : Pan-Macedonian Association Members Meet With UN Mediator Nimetz in NY

February 10, 2012

By Stella Tsolakidou

Macedonia News – According to members of the Pan-Macedonian Association of America, who recently had a meeting with Matthew Nimetz in New York, the UN mediator seems to be worried over the irredentism detected in FYROM.

Within the context of the Pan–Macedonian Association’s efforts to prevent “negative developments”, as noted, members of the Association met – once again – with the United Nations Special Envoy to discuss Greece and FYROM negotiations on the name issue. The Special Envoy was briefed on their positions and “Skopje propaganda” against our country.

According to the association’s members, Mr. Nimetz appeared to be “particularly worried” watching videos revealing “Skopje’s irredentism”, in addition to other material submitted by the members of the Pan-Macedonian Association.

Mr. Nimetz avoided expressing any view and listened to the views of both parties, while he was also provided a resolution, approved by the “Macedonians’ Common”, a representative body for Macedonian associations in Greece and the Diaspora. The resolution states “We do not authorize any Greek politician granting our names ‘Macedonian’ and ‘Macedonia’, accepting a complex or geographical definition of the word ‘Macedonia’ in FYROM’s final name”.

Meanwhile, after successive individual meetings he had with Greece and FYROM representatives last month in New York, Mr. Nimetz had expressed his readiness to visit the region, even as soon as February, in order to intensify talks to resolve the name issue.

(Source: ANA – MPA)

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2012/02/09/pan-macedonian-association-members-meet-with-un-mediator-nimetz-in-ny/

Macedonia News : Pan-Macedonian Association Members Meet With UN Mediator Nimetz in NY

February 10, 2012

By Stella Tsolakidou

Macedonia News – According to members of the Pan-Macedonian Association of America, who recently had a meeting with Matthew Nimetz in New York, the UN mediator seems to be worried over the irredentism detected in FYROM.

Within the context of the Pan–Macedonian Association’s efforts to prevent “negative developments”, as noted, members of the Association met – once again – with the United Nations Special Envoy to discuss Greece and FYROM negotiations on the name issue. The Special Envoy was briefed on their positions and “Skopje propaganda” against our country.

According to the association’s members, Mr. Nimetz appeared to be “particularly worried” watching videos revealing “Skopje’s irredentism”, in addition to other material submitted by the members of the Pan-Macedonian Association.

Mr. Nimetz avoided expressing any view and listened to the views of both parties, while he was also provided a resolution, approved by the “Macedonians’ Common”, a representative body for Macedonian associations in Greece and the Diaspora. The resolution states “We do not authorize any Greek politician granting our names ‘Macedonian’ and ‘Macedonia’, accepting a complex or geographical definition of the word ‘Macedonia’ in FYROM’s final name”.

Meanwhile, after successive individual meetings he had with Greece and FYROM representatives last month in New York, Mr. Nimetz had expressed his readiness to visit the region, even as soon as February, in order to intensify talks to resolve the name issue.

(Source: ANA – MPA)

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2012/02/09/pan-macedonian-association-members-meet-with-un-mediator-nimetz-in-ny/


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