||AHI Chapter Presidents, Congressional Contact Team Leaders, Members and Friends
||Nick Larigakis, AHI President
||April 26, 2012
||CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVES – URGE THEM TO CO-SPONSOR CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION ON FYROM NAME RECOGNITION ISSUE
Macedonia was part of the ancient Hellenic world much like Sparta and Athens. Its population worshipped the same Hellenic Gods, spoke the same Hellenic language and participated in the Olympic Games which at the time were open to Greeks only.
Geographic Macedonia is within the borders of at least three countries. Only a small portion of geographic Macedonia lies within the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), whose population is one-third Albanian and two-thirds Slavic in origin. The largest part of geographic Macedonia lies within Greece in the Greek province of Macedonia.
The Interim Accord signed by Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in 1995 required negotiations for a new name for FYROM. However, no breakthrough has been accomplished. Today the negotiations are stalemated because FYROM maintains that the only name that is acceptable to it is its original “constitutional” name of “Republic of Macedonia.” In addition, FYROM demands include the recognition of a Macedonian identity and language, which is problematic for Greece.
Moreover, FYROM promulgates propaganda in which it claims portions of Greek territory and usurps Greek national identity and culture in conflict with European values. FYROM’s actions are a breach of the U.N.-brokered Interim Accord and erode efforts to build trust and good neighborly relations.
Congressional Resolution Introduced
As a result, U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chairs of the Hellenic Caucus, have introduced H.Res.627, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia should work within the framework of the United Nations process with Greece to achieve longstanding United States and United Nations policy goals of finding a mutually acceptable composite name, with a geographical qualifier and for all uses for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The legislation, H.Res.627, also calls on FYROM to abstain from all hostile activities and stop violating provisions of the United Nations-brokered Interim Agreement and urges the United States Government to work in partnership with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to uphold previous NATO Summits decisions, with regard to the enlargement issue and extend an invitation to FYROM as soon as a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue has been reached within the framework of the United Nations.
We urge you to contact your U.S. representative and request him/her to co-sponsor H.Res.627.
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Contact Your U.S. Representatives—Urge Them to Co-Sponsor Congressional Resolution on FYROM Name Recognition Issue