|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||CONTACT: GEORGIA ECONOMOU
AS LATE AS OCTOBER 29, 2004 STATE DEPARTMENT
LETTER TO AHI CONFIRMS NO CHANGE IN US POLICY REGARDINg FYROM
Today, November 5, 2004, AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis,
received a letter dated October 29, 2004, by Scot Marciel, Director
of the Office of Southern European Affairs at the State Department
responding to a July 29, 2004 letter sent by Mr. Larigakis to President
Regarding FYROM, Mr. Marciel states:
"The United States formally recognizes the Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia by that name."
"It’s interesting to note that the envelope was post
marked November 3, 2004, the day after the Presidential elections
and the very same day that Greece was informed of the shift in U.S.
policy regarding recognition of FYROM." Said Larigakis.
"Who initiated this action which reversed the State
Department’s position as of October 29, 2004? Clearly, Under Secretary
of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman approved it, if he did
not initiate the change. And Mr. Grossman recommended the change
to Secretary Colin Powell. This action can be characterized as a
diplomatic blunder at best and a betrayal of Greece to the detriment
of U.S. interests." Said AHI President, Gene Rossides.
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Economou at (202) 785-8430 or
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