Toronto, Canada?and Melbourne, Australia (April 16, 2013) – As the first UN mediator for the name dispute, Robin O’Neil, has said,?“Macedonia must not and will not change its name in order to appease Greece. If Macedonia succumbs to pressures and changes its name, such events will only give more firepower to Greece until it reaches its final goal – Macedonia to vanish from the map.”
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI)?and the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) call on the current UN mediator, Matthew Nimetz, to publicly come to the same conclusion as his predecessor, resign his post and denounce the nonsensical name negotiations.
As MHRMI?and AMHRC have stated in the?Our Name is Macedonia?campaign, which calls on Macedonia to immediately stop the name negotiations,?“Would any other country negotiate its own name?”
Instead of entertaining ridiculous suggestions such as the recent “Upper Republic of Macedonia”, apparently for the “privilege” of entering the European Union and NATO, Macedonia, and the international community, must put an end to the name negotiations.Despite claims to the contrary, any change to the bilateral name used between Macedonia and Greece would change Macedonia`s name internationally.
Macedonians worldwide are?vehemently against the name negotiations and rightly so, as it is common sense to see that there is no “solution” when one country is being asked to change its name to appease another country’s racist notion that it has no right to exist.