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Macedonians in the US lobby tirelessly for the name. Eleven years since the Ohrid Accord.
In order to persuade US congressmen who are seen as supporters of Macedonia to send a letter to Barak Obama, urging for the Macedonian interests in the name dispute with Greece, the representatives of Macedonians living there have to pass more than 160 offices, says Meto Koloski, the head of the United Macedonian Diaspora. They also encourage Macedonians living in the US to promote Macedonian interests by constantly sending their own letters to their elected congressmen.
Junior ruling Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, this evening will celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Ohrid framework accord alone. The Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski today returns from a family vacation in Turkey, the head of the opposition Branko Crvenkovski is still on holiday and the former PM and ruling VMRO DPMNE party head Ljubco Georgievski has chosen not to appear at the celebration that the DUI organizes each year. The 2001 accord signed by ethnic Macedonian and Albanian leaders of the time, ended the short lived armed conflict and returned the country from the brink of an all out ethnic war, by granting greater rights to the country’s large Albanian minority. The DUI emerged as a political party made of former Albanian insurgents.
Balkan Insight has not verified the facts in the original press reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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