GRUEVSKI WITH LETTER TO KARAMANLIS
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski wrote a letter to his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis, urging recognition of Macedonian minority and settlement of the issues related to Macedonian refugees of the civil war in Greece.
Prime Minister-designate calls for extra efforts by Greek authorities to recognize the Macedonian minority in Greece, who should be entitled to the basic human rights in line with the international standards on mother tongue education (Macedonian), cherish cultural traditions and customs though various forms of organization, use of Macedonian language in local institutions.
Gruevski singles out a problem stemming from Greece's civil war, when hundreds of thousands of people (most of them ethnic Macedonians) fled the country.
These people, who were born in Greece and now are citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, are subjected to triple discrimination: they cannot reclaim their assets, they face serious obstacles when entering Greece, and they are not entitled to acquire a dual citizenship - Macedonian and Greek though they had been born and brought-up in Greece," Gruevski said in the letter
MD: Good move! Karamanlis will likely respond to the letter by the end of this week.