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MHRMI Meets with Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki, Reiterates Demand that Macedonia End Name Negotiations

November 21, 2013

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MHRMI Meets Poposki Toronto, Canada (November 21, 2013) – On November 20, 2013, Macedonian Human Rights Movement International members met with Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki during his official state visit to Canada and reiterated our demand that Macedonia immediately end the name negotiations.

MHRMI President Bill Nicholov and MHRMI member Mark Opashinov met with Minister Poposki, Macedonian Ambassador to Canada Ljuben Tevdovski and Consul General of the Republic of Macedonia to Canada, Dragan Gjurcevski.

MHRMI called on the Macedonian government to go on the offensive with the so-called “name dispute” and expose Greece’s blatant racism and true goals in initiating the nonsensical "name dispute", which is to eradicate the existence of Macedonia and Macedonians. Macedonia must highlight the irrationality of Greece’s ridiculous claims and abolish the notion that it is a “new” nation trying to usurp a Greek name. Greece annexed half of Macedonia’s territory after its partition in 1913 and denied its very existence until 1988. Macedonia has always been known as such. Macedonia must highlight that Greece, in fact, is trying to usurp Macedonia's name.

Furthermore, MHRMI demanded that Macedonia stop playing a diplomatic game with our name and identity and stop trying to “fit in” with the West by continuing the senseless name negotiations. We pointed out that a main reason that the West is calling for Macedonia to change its name is because it keeps negotiating it. Moreover, Macedonia already capitulated by agreeing to the preposterous “temporary reference” of “FYROM” or “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and agreeing to change its flag just to appease the country that is trying to eradicate it. Such concessions only indicate Macedonia’s weakness and willingness to give in and, as first UN mediator for the name dispute, Robin O’Neil, stated “…will only give more firepower to Greece until it reaches its final goal - Macedonia to vanish from the map."

In addition to several other key points in the Our Name is Macedonia campaign, which demands that Macedonia stop negotiating its own name, we highlighted the crucial point that any change to Macedonia's bilateral name with Greece would change it internationally.

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International also called on the Macedonian government to be much more vocal in advocating human rights for Macedonians in Greece, Bulgaria and Albania, just as countries such as Greece and Albania do for their respective minorities in the Balkans.

Finally, we call on Macedonians in Macedonia, and worldwide, to join the Our Name is Macedonia campaign (
www.mhrmi.org/our_name_is_macedonia) and demand that Macedonia immediately end the name negotiations.

Contact information for the Macedonian parliament can be found here:

http://www.sobranie.mk/en/?ItemID=3117B2594B76DA4DA19ACBC1D4FAE5CE

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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:
www.mhrmi.org, twitter.com/mhrmi, facebook.com, info@mhrmi.org, 1-416-850-7125.


MHRMI Meets Poposki

Left to right: MHRMI member Mark Opashinov, Macedonian Ambassador to Canada Ljuben Tevdovski, Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki, MHRMI President Bill Nicholov and Consul General of the Republic of Macedonia to Canada, Dragan Gjurcevski.

 
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