The Macedonian Tendency: Macedonia flexes its muscles with the help of EU trainers.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Macedonia flexes its muscles with the help of EU trainers.

Macedonian politicians have spoken out before about attempting to promote minority rights for Macedonians in Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia. They would not do so unless they had the green light form the politicians in the EU. The EU has a hard time justifying the continued mistreatment of Macedonians in EU member Greece and in EU candidate Bulgaria. It is a small signal to those countries to treat Macedonians better. Can't wait to see the reaction of Greece and Bulgaria.

"Macedonia to take care of its minority in neighboring countries"
Makfax vesnik:

Skopje /29/08/ 13:53

Macedonia is entitled to take care of its minority in the neighboring countries, said the newly appointed Foreign Minister Antonio Miloshoski in an interview with Skopje's daily Dnevnik.

'Macedonia can lobby and even encourage the neighboring countries, without causing conflict or upset, to comply with European criteria regarding ethnic minority rights. This will be a policy of this government,' Miloshoski told Dnevnik daily.

As regards name dispute with Greece, Miloshoski reiterated that the dispute is just a problem between Athens and Skopje, adding that Macedonia could not give up on its constitutional name.

'We don't want to cause waves. That's not our politics... However, I would like to say something: How could a man give up his own shadow. Macedonia could not quit its own name,' he added.

Miloshoski made a suggestion to Athens to be in footsteps of Washington and to see the US motives for recognition of Macedonia's constitutional name.

As regards Kosovo issue, Miloshoski said three things are important as far as Macedonia is concerned: the final status should reflect the will of majority citizens in Kosovo; the final settlement should be agreed by the three parties - Pristina, Belgrade"

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