Reps. Maloney, Bilirakis, Sarbanes Urge FYROM to Resolve Name Dispute

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) reintroduced H.Res. 477, to address the long-standing name dispute between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece.

The bill urges the FYROM to work within the framework of the United Nations process and in good faith with Greece to achieve longstanding United States and United Nations policy goals of resolving the name dispute. The resolution also encourages the United States to work with its NATO allies to uphold previous decisions at NATO Summits, with regard to the enlargement issue.

“As founder and co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, this is of tremendous importance,” said Rep. Maloney. “The United States must send a strong message, supporting a solution to the name issue and to encourage the FYROM and Greece to reach a mutually acceptable solution as soon as possible. Therefore, the United States must abide by its previous decision made at the NATO Bucharest Summit in 2008 that an invitation would be extended to the FYROM once a mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute has been reached. As the United States and its NATO allies consider the future of NATO and possible changes in membership, the United States must abide by this decision.”

Bilirakis stated, “Historically, Greece has been one of FYROM’s best friends in a sometimes thorny Balkan neighborhood; more particularly in the recent past by donating over $1 billion in aid to help bolster FYROM’s economy. If FYROM is serious about resolving the name issue and engaging in good neighborly relations with Greece, it must work with the Hellenic Republic in reaching a mutually agreed upon name resolution that comports with bilateral and international agreements.”

Sarbanes said, “We call upon the authorities in Skopje to come to the negotiating table in good faith to resolve this ongoing dispute and achieve the longstanding policy goals of the United States and the United Nations for finding a mutually acceptable official name for FYROM that accurately reflects and respects history.”

Macedonia is a Greek name that has designated the northern area of Greece for 2,500 years. In 1944, the name of the Skopje region was changed to Macedonia as part of Tito’s imperialist campaign to gain control of the Greek province of Macedonia.

Both NATO and the White House have repeatedly emphasized their support for the unanimous decision made at the NATO Bucharest Summit in 2008 (and reiterated at NATO Summits in Strasbourg/Kehl in 2009 and Lisbon in 2010) that an invitation would be extended once a mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute has been reached.


11 COMMENTS

  1. Nice to see an article on Greek Reporter about FYROM. Unfortunately there are probably over 100 articles lobbying for illegal migrants for every article on the FYROM issue. (when the vast majority of Greeks do not support illegal migration into our country even if patronizing fanatics like Dabilis do)

    FYROM is not some minor issue. Several wars have involved this matter. FYROM nationalists are literally trying to not only try to annex 1/3 of our country but to ethnically delete Greeks to take on our very identity .

    Alone FYROM are not a threat (mostly ethnic Bulgarians and Serbs who had their identities oppressed by a mixture of Yugoslav communists and IMRO Bulgarian word propaganda). Unfortunately they are being backed by mountains of Greek hating bigots (including the current Turkish government who uses them as a proxy against Greeks).

    Now that the Skopians have shifted identities into “descendents of ancient Macedonians”, they are trying to downplay the issue to hide their shame in calling them “Macedonians”. (which would include some “human rights” groups and mass media like the New York Times that appear far far more interested in protecting their image rather than apologizing to the Greek people)

  2. There should be an article every day on the FYROM issue

    1. tracking hate speech of FYROM nationalists
    2. documenting irredentism.
    3. documenting names of third parties that continue to support them while downplaying their sudden transformation and irredentism

  3. Here are some names to solve this stupid problem created by FYROM are; “The New Republic Of Bulgaria” for FYROMs and for the Albanians “The New Republic of Albania” or revert back to its original name as it was before 1950s, “Vardar Banovina”….No to FYROM using the Greek name of Macedonia, Macedonia is and always will be Greek……

  4. You greeks have a wrong view on the whole thing, we Macedonians have no problem with our name, thats you greeks deal with it resolve your problems with our Name MACEDONIA.

      • And me and my 15 mates have recognized this one donkey we saw in Hungary
        one time as a unicorn, but sadly it did not transform the donkey into
        an actual unicorn though… Words only have so much power it would
        seem..

      • The head of US National Intelligence, James R. Clapper:
        “The Macedonian Government continues to push programs geared to promote ethnic Macedonia nationalism at the expense of the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration,”

        -Balkan Insight

      • And not a single person, media outlet, or nation that decided to call you idiots “macedonians” has a moral or intellectual leg to stand on now that you suddenly claim to be descendents of ancient Macedonians. A nation of hatefilled frauds

    • It seems that you cum sacks are not just trying to steal Greek history only:
      ”Bulgarian politicians and media have accused the Macedonian authorities of financing a movie that they say strips a medieval king of his Bulgarian identity and falsely portrays him as Macedonian.”
      -Balkan Insight.

    • The head of US National Intelligence, James R. Clapper:
      “The Macedonian Government continues to push programs geared to promote ethnic Macedonia nationalism at the expense of the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration,”

      -Balkan Insight

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