Mexico Reverses 'Macedonia' Recognition
Local Kanal 5 Television reported that the Mexican Foreign Ministry’s website posted an announcement saying that they have changed their mind over Macedonia’s name after talks with Greek officials.
Previously the same day, Macedonia’s government had rebuffed the Greek Foreign Ministry’s allegations that Mexico, Panama, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo had overturned their recognition of Macedonia’s constitutional name.
The Greek Foreign Ministry, the same day published on its own web site what they say were “quotes from the official diplomatic announcements signed by the representatives of the governments of Panama, Mexico, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo” saying they will start using the term FYROM for Macedonia.
Previously Macedonia’s Government claimed that they recently got reassurances from the Mexican ambassador to the UN that his government “neither changed nor discussed the 2001 decision to establish diplomatic ties with Macedonia under its constitutional name”.
The written statement from Macedonia’s Foreign Ministry said Panama’s Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis Navarro also denied Greek allegations in a telephone conversation with his Macedonian counterpart Antonio Milososki. Regarding Congo, the Ministry expressed doubt but said it will check the claims.
“Athens can not reconcile with the fact that more than 125 countries worldwide use our constitutional name,” the Macedonian ministry adds. It notes that the Greek “provocations” are aimed to “manipulate” its own public in order to show Greek diplomacy as “triumphant”.
In April, Athens blocked Skopje’s bid to join NATO and is now threatening to do the same at the EU if Macedonia refuses to change its name. Greece argues that Macedonia’s name implies Skopje’s territorial claims over its own northern province of the same name.
The ongoing UN-sponsored talks between the two sides have so far been fruitless.
In 1993 Macedonia was forced by Greek pressure to enter the UN under the provisional term FYROM pending a resolution to the dispute.
But since then many countries recognised Skopje’s use of the name ‘Republic of Macedonia’, among them the United States, Russia and China.