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Turkish-Americans: Inclusion of Macedonia in NATO well overdue

April 26, 2012

Source: MIA, 25.04.2012

The  Assembly of Turkish-American Associations (ATAA), the Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA), and the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA), representing the voice of over 500,000 Turkish-Americans and 300,000 Turkic-Americans, sent a letter to US President Barack Obama urging him “to consider the interests of the Euro-Atlantic community by demonstrating the United States’ clear support for Macedonia’s membership in the Alliance at the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago this May,” United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) said Wednesday in a press release.

“Macedonia has proven itself to be a committed member of the Alliance since entering the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program in 1995 and submitting its Membership Action Plan (MAP) in 1999…Macedonia has fulfilled all of the MAP requirements for membership. The only obstacle has been the bilateral name dispute with Greece. Bilateral disputes have never held back the progress of NATO before, and this one should be no different. With the recent ruling of the International Court of Justice in regards to Macedonia, it has been shown that international law is on the side of Macedonia,” stated the ATAA, FTAA, and TCA Presidents.

“NATO leads in promoting global security, and has helped create a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in Europe. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of NATO’s first enlargement, which encompassed Greece and Turkey. Inclusion in NATO has been of tremendous value for these countries, as well as for global security, and the inclusion of Macedonia into the Alliance is well overdue,” the letter reads.

The Turkish- and Turkic-American and Macedonian-American communities, through ATAA, FTAA, TCA and UMD, are working closely together to strengthen US relations with Southeast Europe, and ensure the peace, security, and stability of the entire region.

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