UMD CALLS AUSTRALIAN PM TO URGE GREECE TO UPHOLD RIGHTS OF MACEDONIAN MINORITY
The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) called upon Australia to urge Greece to uphold the rights of the Macedonian national minority living in this country.
UMD's appeal to the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, comes in the eve of the meeting with his counterpart Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, who is paying an official visit to Australia.
"UMD encourages the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard to use his meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 with his counterpart Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis to call on Greece to cease the repression of its ethnic minorities", UMD's letter says.
The organization of the Macedonian Diaspora also urged Canberra to recognize the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name.
"Australia should play a more constructive role in Southeastern European affairs by recognizing the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name, as have the majority of permanent members of the UN Security Council, and by encouraging Greece to meet its human rights obligations and to protect the civil liberties for all of its citizens" says the letter.
Reminding on a series of facts relating violation of human rights of minorities living in Greece, including the Macedonian one, UMD has notified Howard that the Council of Europe, OSCE, State Department, the European Court of Human Rights and a number of international organizations, have all found Greece guilty of human rights abuses.
Therefore, United Macedonian Diaspora urged Australia to condemn the violation of human rights by Greece, to call upon this country to protect the human and civil rights of all of its citizens and to recognize the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name.
MD: Karamanlis and Bakoyannis are both paying a visit to Australia and New Zealand. Australia has probably the most Macedonian diaspora members and still not recognized us under our constitutional name, they also have a big Greek population.