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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Enlargement report for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (debate)
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  Georgios Koumoutsakos (PPE), Blue-card question.(EL) Mr President, my dear fellow Member, you referred to the question of the name and said that it is unprecedented for one country not to accept another country’s name.

Macedonia is a geographical area. One part, the biggest part, belongs to the Hellenic Republic. Another part belongs to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and a third part belongs to Bulgaria. There are therefore three states and three nations in one area. One nation, however, and I would emphasise this, is claiming a monopoly both over the name and the language and the history of that area. Do you believe that it is the fault of the two other nations who do not recognise the country or the nation that wants to monopolise the name?

I await your answer.

 
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