U.S. State Department Says it does not
Recognize 'a Macedonian Language' or Ethnicity

U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said: "We recognize Macedonia, the country, by its constitutional name..."



Washington 10/20/2006 (ANA-MPA) - The United States does not recognize the existence of a Macedonian language or ethnicity, U.S. State Department deputy spokesman TomCasey said on Thursday in reply to reporters' questions.

He also said that the U.S. looks forward to the achievement of a final agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on the name issue, within the framework of the United Nations' efforts.

The spokesman clarified that the U.S. government "as far as I know, does not recognize a Macedonian language or any other subnational groups like that (Macedonian)."

Casey added: "The decision that the United States made a little while ago with how to refer to Macedonia is a decision that is reflective of U.S. policy. As we've always said, we look to the discussions at the U.N. between Macedonia and Greece to ultimately work out an agreement between them on the naming issue."

Asked whether that also meant that the U.S. recognized the existence of a Macedonian language and ethnicity, deputy spokesman Casey said: "We recognize Macedonia, the country, by its constitutional name. The United States government does not recognize languages or other sort of subnational groups like that, as far as I know."


(Posting date 13 November 2006)

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