The Macedonian Tendency: Bush Stands Firm on Macedonia!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bush Stands Firm on Macedonia!

By David Edenden

If truth be told, I never thought that Bush would have the guts to stand up to the Greek lobby, notwithstanding their strenuous effort to have him bend over on the "Macedonian" name dispute between Macedonia and Greece. Obama, on the other hand, has no problem bending over to meet Greek demands ... since he is young and skinny and all.

Greece, Cyprus abandon US conference:
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greece and Cyprus say their delegations left a U.S.-hosted nonproliferation conference over objections about how Macedonia was represented.

The two countries' embassies say their delegations left after learning that Macedonia would be identified as the Republic of Macedonia, the name recognized by the United States.

Athens argues the name implies a territorial claim against the northern Greek province of Macedonia. Cyprus supports Greece's objection.

The Greek Embassy says that it made clear that it would not participate in international meetings in which Macedonia is not referred to as FYROM. FYROM stands for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and is name used in the United Nations.

Greece recently blocked Macedonia's bid to join NATO over the issue.

By David Edenden

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