MACEDONIAN DIASPORA LOBBIES IN THE USA
Representatives of the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) have met with about 100 US congressmen regarding Resolution 486, which was submitted in the House of Representatives in 2009, where Macedonia is accused of hostile propaganda towards Greece.
UMD representatives hope for support against the resolution's adoption, saying such lobbying would be enhanced in the future.
"We lobby against the resolution's adoption, but also for increase of funds donated to Macedonia in fields of economy, education, health", UMD president Meto Koloski told Voice of America in Macedonian language.
The diaspora reiterated its position against the change of name Republic of Macedonia.
"Taking into consideration that larger and smaller communities are close to certain congressmen who represent their interests, it is absolutely necessary that we also have such people who will support the Macedonian diaspora or at least be aware of our positions and understand them", said Boban Jovanovski, UMD director for US operations.