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       LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT    05/92    

The Honorable George Bush President

The White House

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We strongly urge you to maintain the policy of withholding recognition of the remaining Yugoslavian republic until the significant concerns of Greece are alleviated.

It is imperative that the U.S. preserve its historic relationship with Greece, a longstanding US ally and reliable strategic presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. Hasty recognition to the controversial new republic on Greece's northern border will further destabilize this volatile region by causing a political crisis in Greece.

American attempts to end the turmoil in the Balkans and restore the peace must remain productive. Moving on the «Macedonia» issue before sufficiently addressing Greece's concerns will be inconsistent with our efforts to this point.

Thank you for the opportunity to express our views.


John Wayne Owans United States Congressman

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