CONGO WILL NOT CHANGE POSITION ON NAME
The Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United Nations yesterday sent a note to the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirming that their position regarding the name of the Republic of Macedonia remains unchanged and thus observing the joint Communiqué, which laid the foundations for the countries’ diplomatic relations in 1999.
MoFA told MIA that DR Congo’s response is a result of intensive diplomatic contacts between countries’ officials in the past few days.
Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki yesterday sent a letter to his Congolese counterpart Antipas MBusa Nyamwisi in which he expressed gratitude to the Government of Congo for using the constitutional name of Macedonia together with other 125 countries in the world, including USA, Russia, China, Brazil, Great Britain…, hence observing the right for determining own name and identity.
As of this month, India, one of the most influential Asian countries, also uses Macedonia’s constitutional name in bilateral communication.
The Government of India on Oct. 6 informed the Macedonian MoFA that the newly opened Macedonian Embassy to New Delhi was registered in the state diplomatic protocol under the constitutional name, instead of the reference Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
With this, MoFA estimates, the euphoric diplomatic success of official Athens was proved to be short-lived. In the past few days, Athens revealed false successes of its attempts to work out a change in the use of Macedonia’s constitutional name from other countries. The Greek offensive came to a halt in DR Congo, a country for which the southern neighbour claimed it would use the interim reference FYROM in the future.