AUSTRALIAN MP DISCUSSES MACEDONIA
Liberal Party deputy Luke Simpkins referred Tuesday at a session of the Australian Parliament to the official position of his country towards the naming of the Republic of Macedonia and Macedonians living in Australia, MINA reports from Perth.
Simpkins stressed that the current Australian stance on naming the Republic of Macedonia and the Australian citizens of Macedonian descent is insulting and abusive, and asked MPs how they would feel like if terms such as "Former British Colonies of Australia" or "Anglo-Saxon Australians" were used to name their country and its people.
He claimed there was no other case of racial discrimination of an community in Australia as the one of Macedonians, asking the Australian Government to follow the example of other countries, who address the Republic of Macedonia by its constitutional name in bilateral relations, whereas Australian citizens of Macedonian descent to be officially named Macedonians.
Macedonia's Ambassador to Canberra Viktor Gaber met Wednesday with MP Simpkins, thanking him for the public treatment of the issue. Interlocutors exchanged opinions on future activities of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with the Republic of Macedonia, where Simkinks acts as vice-chairman.