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MACEDONIAN AUSTRALIANS CONDEMN UNCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

12 January, 11:28
MACEDONIAN AUSTRALIANS CONDEMN UNCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

12 January 2019, Sydney

The Australian Macedonian Council of New South Wales strongly condemns the decision by the National Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia to push through unconstitutional amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia. 

Specifically, the Council rejects the amendments to change the official name of Macedonia to the “Republic of North Macedonia” in order to appease neighbouring Greece, and for possible entry to NATO and the EU in the future. These changes amount to ethnocide, and undermine the national identity and pride of ethnic Macedonians world-wide.

These unconstitutional and controversial amendments were pushed through amid allegations of mass-bribery, threats, coercion and interference from international politicians and intelligence agencies, and against a backdrop of country-wide demonstrations and protests in opposition to the changes by ethnic Macedonians. 

It is also important to note that the overwhelming majority of Macedonian citizens rejected the conditions and amendments proposed as part of the so-called “Prespa Agreement” at the failed referendum on 30 September 2018. Voter turnout was a mere 36.89% - well short of a majority to pass any law.

The Australian Macedonian Council of New South Wales is therefore calling for Macedonian national unity during this difficult time, particularly within the Macedonian communities in NSW and throughout Australia. 

Macedonia will always remains as such - Macedonia. The unique national identity of the ethnic Macedonian people will endure, as it has throughout the millennia. As ethnic Macedonians, we will continue to preserve and share our ancient Macedonian history, culture and traditions from antiquity to the present, and throughout all regions of ethnographic Macedonia and the numerous diaspora communities world-wide.

God bless Macedonia and the ethnic Macedonian people.
 
 
 
 

source: Шило

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