|Joint Press Release by the MHRMC and Vinozhito
The Macedonian Human Rights Movement of Canada ("MHRMC") and Vinozhito (Rainbow) - Greece, would like to clarify the news report that was
released on August 29, 2001 regarding the "Platform of Macedonian Minorities and Diaspora".
While the MHRMC and Vinozhito did attend the "First Macedonian World Congress" in Skopje, Macedonia, along with several other Macedonian
organizations from the Balkans and Australia, the reported platform was not endorsed or signed by our group. The platform was released by
the United Macedonians Organization of Canada.
The MHRMC and Vinozhito do not and will not endorse any particular programme of political change for the Republic of Macedonia as that
state's citizens have the ability to do so through lawful, democratic processes. The MHRMC'and Vinozhito's sole objectives are to achieve
human rights for oppressed Macedonians and other minorities in the Balkans.
For those who missed the related newstory on the "Platform" here it is again:
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Skopje, Wednesday, August 29, 2001
("Utrinski Vesnik", August 27, 2001)
MACEDONIA FACES DEPERSONALIZATION
Macedonian organizations, movements and associations, fighting for greater national, ethnical, cultural, and religious rights on the Balkans
and beyond, held their first Macedonian World Conference last weekend, in organization of the united Macedonians in Canada and Macedonian
Human Rights Movement for Canada. The following associations attended the gathering: Macedonian human rights associations OMO Ilinden, OMO
Ilinden Pirin - Bulgaria, Vinozito (Rainbow) - Greece, Bratstvo, Mir, and Med-Albania, MAK-Macedonian Association - Serbia, and Macedonian
Human Rights Committee - Australia. The participants at the conference spoke of the status of Macedonian people in the Balkans and worldwide,
adopted an Action program defining the methods for pursuing national and human rights and created a coordinating body in charge of its
realization. Macedonian government and all other institutions were reminded that Macedonian state and Macedonian people should valiantly and
dignifiedly resist all external pressures. That way, Macedonian name, language, flag, country's unitary character, and territorial integrity
would remain intact. Otherwise, Macedonia faces depersonalization. Describing the current situation in the country `a result of years of
traitorous politics of Macedonian politicians' the conference suggested a Platform for survival of Macedonian nation in Macedonia, the
Balkans, and worldwide. This Platform suggests dismissal of the Parliament and scheduling of new parliamentary elections where Macedonian
people would be given a chance to choose reputable, honest politicians aware of their national identity. All Albanian immigrants from Kosovo
with yet unregulated status should be expelled, whereas all citizenships granted in the last decade should be reassessed and taken away if
found to represent threat to national security.