House Resolution Urges ‘Fair’ Deal for FYROM Naming Dispute

A House Resolution calling for a fair and mutually agreed-upon name for FYROM was introduced on Thursday by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY).

Maloney, co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, said in a statement that a permanent name for FYROM should “respect the significance of Macedonia to Hellenic history and culture.”

She underlines that recent demonstrations in Greece “illustrate a persistent pressure to bring this issue to an overdue resolution.”

As Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias became the first high-ranking state official to fly directly to Skopje in 12 years, Maloney says she is “heartened by reports that negotiations between Athens and Skopje are progressing and hope a fair settlement can be reached.”

“Finding a historically accurate, mutually agreed-upon name for FYROM is in the best interest for all in the region.

“I am calling on Congress to pass my resolution urging the two countries to come to a fair and mutually agreed-upon name for FYROM in front of the United Nations,” she says.