|US CONGRESSMAN ANDREWS' LETTER TO POWELL ON THE FYROM NAME
Washington, 9 November 2004 (18:41 UTC+2)
|US Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) after contacts
with the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter to US Secretary
of State Colin Powell regarding the FYROM recognition by the US under
the name “Republic of Macedonia”.
In his letter expresses “concern” and states that this action is
“insulting to the Greek-American community”, while he asks Secretary of
State Powell to provide him with an articulation on the rationale behind
this policy decision.
Mr. Andrews has time and time again, in many legislative capacities,
supported a name for FYROM that does not incorporate the word
“Macedonia”. Mr. Andrews understands that it is not in the US interests
to recognize FYROM in this way because it has the potential to
destabilize the region, which would adversely affect US interests,
according to AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis.
The full text of Mr. Andrews' letter has as follows:
“I write to express my concern regarding the recent announcement
that the United States will be referring to the Former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia (FYROM) as “Republic of Macedonia” from this point forward.
This reversal of US policy is detrimental to the ongoing negotiations
between Greece and FYROM, and will only serve to create greater
divisions between these two nations.
It is my belief, and the belief of many Greek and Greek-American
citizens, that the name “Macedonia” properly belongs to Greek culture.
The US decision to refer to FYROM as the “Republic of Macedonia” is
insulting to the Greek community, and appears to accomplish nothing
aside from creating further divisiveness. Language was included in the
FY2004 omnibus appropriations bill urging the State Department to use
the proper name for this Balkan nation, thereby allowing Greece and
FYROM to reach their own agreement on use of the Macedonian name.
However, despite this urging, a unilateral decision has now been made
which gives the appearance that the United States had sided against our
I thank you for taking the time to review this correspondence, and ask
that you please provide me with an articulation of the rationale behind
this policy decision.”
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