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MHRMI Calls on International Community to Recognize Macedonia’s Constitutional Name

March 23, 2008

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Call me by my name Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) - Press Release

Toronto, Canada, March 23, 2008 - Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) calls on the international community to recognize Macedonia’s constitutional name and put an end to the irrational name dispute with Greece.

Greece is threatening to veto Macedonia’s entry into NATO because it opposes Macedonia’s constitutional name. However, other member-states strongly support Macedonia’s NATO membership as it would stabilize the country and region, especially in the aftermath of Kosovo's declaration of independence.

The nonsensical name dispute was initiated by Greece in order to continue its policy of non-recognition and persecution of its large Macedonian minority.

Simply put, no nation has the right to name another. Over 120 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and China have recognized Macedonia under its constitutional name.

“Since Greece insists on holding NATO hostage with its veto power for the sake of its own nationalistic agenda, the international community must demonstrate that it will not be handcuffed by Greece’s xenophobia. Immediate recognition of Macedonia’s constitutional name would provide stability to a region that could be on the brink of explosion once again,” said MHRMI President Bill Nicholov.


Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. For more information, please visit, or contact MHRMI at 416-850-7125, or

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