Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Dear all,

It is of utmost importance that we all contact our Representative and Senators right away and ask them to cosponsor and support Senate Resolution SR300 and House Resolution HR 356. The Pan-Macedonian Association of USA, in its letter to our politicians, emphasized that both

Resolutions call for effective measures to prohibit hostile acts on propaganda by The FYROM government-owned services and discourage misinformation of private institutions that can cause violence, hatred and animosity. Furthermore the content of books, maps and school aids of The FYROM education system should refrain of misleading its youth by perpetuating communist-Tito-inspired fictitious history.
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This issue will be very important in 2008 because the United States is strongly advocating for FYROM to be included into NATO and EU talks this year without a solution to FYROM’s name with Greece. The inclusion of FYROM into NATO or the EU without the resolution of the name with FYROM will make it difficult for Greece to negotiate with FYROM over its name. Greece has clearly stated that it will not support FYROM's membership to NATO unless a mutually acceptable solution is found prior to the NATO Summit in Bucharest, Romania in April.

Both resolutions addresses FYROM’s hostile acts such as renaming the capital city’s international airport to “Alexander the Great” or teaching students in FYROM’s state run schools that parts of Greece, including Greek Macedonia, are rightfully part of FYROM.

The original cosponsors for H.Res 356 are Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Robert Wexler (D-FL), and Elton Gallegly (R-CA). Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barack Obama (D-IL), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are original cosponsors for S.Res. 300. H.Res. 356 currently has 101 cosponsors, while S.Res. 300 has 3.

H.Res. 356 and S.Res. 300 urges FYROM to:

1. To observe its obligations under Article 7 of the 1995 UN-brokered Interim Accord which directs the parties to “ promptly take effective measures to prohibit hostile activities or propaganda by state-controlled agencies and to discourage acts by private entities likely to incite violence, hatred, or hostility.

2. Urges the FYROM to work within the framework of the UN process with Greece to achieve longstanding United States and United Nations policy goals by reaching a mutually-acceptable official name for FYROM.

ACTION REQUESTED

CALL, FAX, or E-MAIL:

1. To cosponsor H.Res. 356

2. To cosponsor S.Res. 300


ATTACHMENTS

1. Information on how to contact your Representative.

2. Information on how to contact your Senator.



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