United Macedonian Diaspora urges Macedonia's authorities to put an end to name talks


The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) supports the #OurNameisMacedonia Campaign, spearheaded by Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) in demanding that the Macedonian authorities end all negotiations and talks to change Macedonia's name.

'We call on the United Nations, the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and those nations who have not yet done so, to formally convey full diplomatic recognition to Macedonia under its name - the Republic of Macedonia,' UMD says in a press release on Saturday.

A total of 137 nations have already recognized Macedonia by its rightful name, which is about two-thirds of the United Nations General Assembly, UMD says.

'This includes four out of the five UN Permanent Security Council members. Under the rule of international law, there is no precedent granting to any government the power or authority to dictate to an independent sovereign nation what its name should be,' the press release reads.

Macedonia, it says further, is the only nation in the world that cannot be called by its very own name at the United Nations.

'As established by the UN Committee on Human Rights, worldwide diplomatic recognition of the state of Macedonia under its name - the Republic of Macedonia - is indispensable, just, and mandatory,' UMD says. 

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