Extra Security for FYROM MP’s Who Backed Name Deal with Greece

FILE - Protesters that had urged voters to boycott Sunday's referendum chant slogans as they demonstrate in Skopje, FYROM, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

More police protection is being given to lawmakers in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) who voted for a deal with Greece to change their country’s name to North Macedonia and drop claims on Greek lands and territories, including the real Macedonia in Greece and the second-largest city and major port of Thessaloniki.

Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said all 80 parliament members who backed launching the constitutional amendment process needed for the change were getting extra security after several lawmakers and their families reported death threats.

Parliament voted 80-39 on Oct. 19 in favor of the government’s proposal for the amendment that also would let residents of what would be North Macedonia be called Macedonians and have a Macedonian language, culture and identity, major concessions from Greece, which also agreed to lift vetoes keeping its Balkan neighbor out of NATO and opening European Union accession talks.

The government of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, which needed a two-thirds majority, got just enough votes from rival parties to approve the Constitutional changes, spearheading the way foir the agreement to go to the Greek Parliament.

The deal was pushed by Greece’s anti-nationalist ruling Radical Left SYRIZA of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras but his junior coalition partner, the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos are opposed and he said he will take his tiny party out of the government if it comes to a vote.

Kammenos claimed some unnamed MP’s in FYROM were bribed to vote for the deal but there’s no report of any investigation.

The name change would end a 27-year dispute between the countries that began when a New Democracy government in 1991 agreed to let the new country forming from the collapse of Yugoslavia to use the name Macedonia in what was supposed to be a temporary arrangement before successive FYROM governments began claiming Greek lands.

Western officials have strongly supported the deal, which could reduce Russian influence in the Balkans. It was brokered with the help of United Nations envoy Matthew Nimetz, an American lawyer who had failed for two decades to find a solution but resumed talks earlier this year after a three-year break amid speculation it was done so that the US could get another country into NATO as a bulwark against Russia interests in the Balkans.

On Oct. 22, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer visited FYROM’s capital of Skopje and praised the Parliament decision, saying the agreement “is essential for Macedonia’s path towards the European Union and NATO,” using the name FYROM already calls itself, as do 140 other countries.
“I would like to underscore that the Macedonian people can rely on U.S. friendship and support,” Palmer added, the kind of talk that infuriates Kammenos and Greek nationalists who say that Macedonia is Greek before the government gave the name away again.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)

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  1. This is incredible…TNH …fully admits that the benefit of hand over the culture of Greece to Fyrom … is to the United States and Nato …to illegally dictate …what countries are allowed to have a relationship with the Fyrom … the now debunked Independent country of Europe … …..as mandated by the United States empire!

    In this case…apparently … the U.S enemy is Russia …but you should include China…. but no more than three weeks ago .. the leader of Fyrom … declared Russia a friend of his country!
    This is the reason …why Tsipras gave up the culture of Greece….as written in this article…

    Western officials have strongly supported the deal, which could reduce Russian influence in the Balkans and that the US could get another country into NATO as a bulwark against Russia interests in the Balkans.

    “I would like to underscore that the Macedonian people can rely on U.S. friendship and support,” Palmer added, the kind of talk that infuriates Kammenos and Greek nationalists who say that Macedonia is Greek before the government gave the name away again. Sure Mr. Palmer …. spoken like a true Anglo white supremacist… who doesn’t care about the cultures of the greatest countries of world history…. like Greece, when your only concern is to erase those cultures …and impose the new Global culture of your associates in the EU and Nato!

    So …again we see the foreign relations plans of the Neo Nazi’s in Washington and Brussels… which is to make every independent country of the world, not compliant to the economic , political , and military control of the evangelical Anglo white supremacist members of the empires of Washington and Brussels ….enemies of not only the degenerates of Washington and Brussels….but the rest of the world!

    Shame on the people of Greece…if they allow their parliament to ….commit treason…without accountability! Taxation without representation …which we have seen in the failure of this government to enact the will of the people!

    Get rid of Tsipras and Syriza….and the EU, Nato and the United States bases…. in Greece and Cyprus…. immediately! And tell those Greek American Aristocrates from your favorite Greek Secret societies …to stop meddling in the affairs of Greece!

    REALITY….. THEY ARE U.S MADE….NOT THE GREEKS WHO CAME HERE FROM GREECE IN THE EARLY 1900’S…WHO WERE MADE IN GREECE!

    Neither I or them… should be promoted as Greek American for our actions….which include both evil and good acts…but in the end…. simply Americans… who happen to have roots in a country called ….Greece!

    We are not representatives of Greece…but the face of America, and right now…we are compliant collaborators of a foreign policy of crimes against humanity and peace…. and are merely cowards ….in not confronting the treason of our country!

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