09 July, 2003
NEW YORK 09/07/2003 (ANA - P. Panagiotou)
The Pan Macedonian Association of the United States and Canada is making strong protests with the purpose of achieving the cancellation of the recent agreement on the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court between the United States and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), which is presented with the name ''Macedonia''.
American congressmen and senators have already expressed their support for the efforts of expatriate Greeks, while a letter of protest has also been addressed to President George W. Bush.
On completion of the Pan Macedonian Association’s 57th congress, held in Boston, the representatives of all expatriate Macedonian organizations once again expressed their determination on the issue of FYROM's name.
A relevant resolution said ''we shall not accept any name for the country of FYROM containing the term Macedonia or its derivatives.''
They also took the decision to coordinate their activities to counter FYROM's propaganda in the United States and Canada, which is trying in the delegates' view ''to usurp the Greek character and cultural identity of Macedonia.''
Sotiris Proios from New York, its vice president until now, was elected as the Pan Macedonian Association’s new president, succeeding Nina Peropoulou.
Professor Dimitris Pantermalis, also presented the plans for the New Acropolis Museum during the congress and referred to the new excavations at Dion.
The congress was attended and addressed, among others, by Archbishop of America Dimitrios, the Metropolitan of Boston Methodios, Greek Ambassador to Washington George Savvaides, the general consul in Boston Constantine Bikas and the prefect of Thessaloniki Panayiotis Psomiadis.
Source: Athens News Agency