April 19, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is pleased to inform that our friends, the Hungarian American Coalition (HAC), the voice of 1.5 million Hungarian-Americans, sent a letter to President Obama calling for his “clear support towards Macedonia by encouraging member-states of the Alliance to extend a formal invitation to the Republic of Macedonia to join NATO at the upcoming May 2012 Chicago Summit.” HAC has been a long-standing proponent of NATO enlargement for the entire Central and Eastern Europe, sending a similar letter to President Obama prior to the Lisbon Summit.
“Macedonia has met all of the technical requirements for membership since 2008. However, due to the intransigence of the Greek government regarding the name-issue, Macedonia has yet to be offered its rightfully earned seat at the table. The ruling of the International Court of Justice this past December, noting that Greece had violated the UN Interim Accord by vetoing Macedonia’s membership on the basis of their opposition to Macedonia’s constitutional name, is important to consider in the administration’s policy regarding enlargement moving forward,” stated HAC President Maximilian N. Teleki in the HAC letter to President Obama.
UMD extends its sincere and heartfelt gratitude to our friends at the Hungarian American Coalition for their continued strong support of Macedonia. The Hungarian-American and Macedonian-American communities, through HAC and UMD, are working closely together to strengthen U.S. relations with Central and Southeast Europe, and ensure the peace, security, and stability of the entire region.
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