It has come to Neos Kosmos’ attention that over 3,000 people have already signed a petition on the Parliament of Australia website asking for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to be recognised as the ‘Republic of Macedonia’.
The petition is active and the FYROM Australian community is holding a campaign asking people to go on the website and sign the petition (Petition Number EN0512) addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Members of the House of Representatives.
The following is listed as the petition’s terms:
Petition Reason: “Australia recognises the Republic of Macedonia as “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”
Australia says its position is in accordance with UN terminology.
However, 140 UN members, including four of five permanent UN Security Council members (the UK, USA, Russia and China), recognise the Republic of Macedonia by its historical and constitutional name.
In the spirit of democracy, fundamental freedoms, respect for human rights and dignity and the rule of law; Australia should also recognise the Republic of Macedonia by its historical and constitutional name.
Petition Request: We call upon the House of Representatives to follow the example of the UK, USA, Russia, China, Canada and 135 other countries and recognise the Republic of Macedonia by its historical and constitutional name.”
A veteran Australian politician told Neos Kosmos that “In order for this petition to not be examined, there is one way; for Greek Australians to start their own petition asking the Australian Parliament not to recognise the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as the ‘Republic of Macedonia’, hoping, of course, that the Greeks would raise more signatures”.