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Macedonian President defends Macedonian name in the UN; President Urges Ban Ki-moon to speed up name talks with Greece
Today in the 21th century it is absurd for someone to be named as former republic or former colony, said yesterday Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov speaking in front of the UN general assembly in New York. On behalf of his people Ivanov thanked all 134 countries that have so far recognized Macedonia’s name and urged them to continue addressing his country as Macedonia. Due to the name dispute with Greece, Macedonia has entered UN under the provisional reference, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, FYROM.
During his address at the UN general assembly in New York Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov asked the assembly to shed more light on the issue of the Macedonian minority in Greece. He urged Greece to stop denying its existence and to instead allow it to declare as Macedonian. Ivanov asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to use his authority to try to de-block the US sponsored name talks with Greece.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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