The Greek lobby in the United States has launched another offensive on the Macedonian Republic government, aiming to force Nikola Gruevski and his team to succumb to the demands of the Greek state that Macedonia should change its name. An extremely critical to the government text was introduced in the Congress by 19 American congressmen. It claims that, through the anti-Greek policy applied by the state, the principals of the good-neighbor relationships are being destroyed because of the anti-Greek inclinations created within the country.
In the same text, Greece is introduced as a “strategic partner of USA on the Balkans”, and an emphasis is made on the significance of Greek investment in Macedonia and South-east Europe overall. At the same time, the 19 congressmen accuse the Macedonian prime-minister of urging the citizens not to buy Greek products or travel to Greece. The congressmen appeal to Gruevski to collaborate with Greece on the UN auspices of reaching a mutually-acceptable decision about the name of the young country.
It is of interest that this is the second case of the American Congress voting on a text that supports Greece in its dispute on Macedonia’s name. In its former composition, 130 congressmen voted in favor of a similar text, including current president Barrack Obama. Back then, the text reached the Senate as well. Now, out of the 19 congressmen participating in the offensive, 14 are democrats and 5- republicans.
Meanwhile, in a speech in front of the Greek community in USA, Hilary Clinton, the secretary of state, spoke in favor of reaching a mutual decision regarding Macedonia’s name, acceptable for both sides. Clinton supported the idea of a double-community federacy as a basic one for Cyprus’ unification and summoned the Turkish state to open the Theological school in Halki. Clinton said that she is looking forward to her visit in Greece at the end of June, when she will be attending OSCE ministers of foreign affairs meeting.