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U.S. Congressmen submit resolution critical of Macedonia

April 26, 2012

Source: MIA, 24.04.2012

Two U.S. congressmen, members of the Caucus on Hellenic Issues, have submitted a resolution where the Republic of Macedonia is accused of acting with hostility towards Athens, thus violating the 1995 Interim Accord.

The draft-resolution is submitted by Republican representative Gus Bilirakis and Democratic representative Carolyn Maloney, co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues.

“The government in Skopje, through both its policies, activities, and rhetoric over the last few years, has been violating the spirit and the letter of the Interim Agreement of 1995 between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, thus undermining the friendly relations between the two countries”, reads the resolution.

Moreover, Bilirakis and Maloney accuse Macedonian authorities of urging their citizens to boycott Greek investments in the country and not to travel to Greece. Moreover, they say Greece has invested over $1 billion in Macedonia, thereby creating more than 20,000 new jobs and having contributed $110 million in development aid.

At the beginning of April, 54 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama, strongly urging his administration to make sure that NATO finally offers the Republic of Macedonia its well-deserved formal invitation to join the Alliance during the Chicago Summit on May 20-21. Other U.S. officials, including Senator John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, have also sent similar calls.

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