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Relations with former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

July 25, 2012

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr has praised the contribution of the Australian Macedonian community to Australia’s warm and growing relationship with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Recognising that more than 84,000 Australians claim Macedonian ancestry, Senator Carr said “much of the vibrancy in our bilateral relationship derives from the human links which tie our countries together.”

“The Macedonian community in Australia has made significant contributions to business, sport, education and industry,” Senator Carr said.

“Australian society has been enriched by Macedonian culture, heritage and traditions.

“I had the opportunity to meet Foreign Minister Nicola Poposki earlier this year.

“Although the name issue is a point of difference in our bilateral relationship, we have much in common and cooperate on a broad range issues. For example, we are both long-term contributors to international efforts in Afghanistan.”

In 2012, bilateral Memoranda of Understanding have been signed on the exchange of financial intelligence and air services.

Two-way visits are an important component in the relationship. Australia received a Parliamentary delegation, led by Speaker of the House Mr Trajko Veljanoski earlier this year. The visit reciprocated that of then-Speaker of the House Harry Jenkins to Skopje in December 2009.

Australia hosted an historic visit by Prime Minister Gruevski in 2009. A major outcome of that visit was conclusion of a bilateral social security agreement. That agreement continues to bring material benefits to the Macedonian community in Australia.

  1. i.m permalink
    July 26, 2012 3:13 am

    You should point out the great work of the deputy in the macedonian parliament Milorad

    Dodevski who represent the Macedonian people from Australia. His work for the last year

    contribute for better representation of macedonian community in Macedonia and lift up the

    relationship between Republic of Macedonia and Australia on higher level. Mr. Dodevski is

    uncompromising guardian on macedonian name, identity, and language in Australia and all

    over the world. He pledge for recognition of the constitutional name of the Republic of

    Macedonia from the Australian government.

  2. July 26, 2012 6:33 am

    Over 130 countries have recognised the Republic of Macedonia by its constitutional name – when will the Australian government accept Macedonia’s right to self determination and stop using the absurd and offensive ‘FYROM’?

  3. July 27, 2012 4:48 pm

    Senator Carr will need to show leadership and stop de-legitimising the Republic of Macedonia as this is not in Australia’s interest as a good international citizen and a good multicultural society. We can not allow the discredited Hellenic Republic and its lobby to hold Australia and Macedonia hostage. It is time to move on and accept the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name as per the UN Charter which guarantees all sovereign nations the right to self-determination.

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