Call on the Parliament of Macedonia to Immediately Implement the Albanian Platform
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We are Albanians living on our ancestral lands in Macedonia and members of the Albanian nation who are standing up for our brothers and sisters in Macedonia
Recognizing that there will be no lasting peace and stability in Macedonia until ethnic Albanians have human and civil rights equal to ethnic Macedonians, the leaders of three Albanian political parties in the new government led by Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, met in Skopje in June 2017 to make sure that the “Albanian Platform” became part of the government’s agenda. (Click here to view the Albanian Platform).
We call on the Macedonian Parliament to immediately implement two components of the Albanian platform:
Make Albanian Macedonia’s second language:
On January 11, 2018, the Macedonian Parliament voted to pass the law—mandated in the coalition agreement between the SDSM and ethnic Albanian parties—to make Albanian the country’s second official language, enabling the Albanian population to use the Albanian language in any State institution. On January 17, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov vetoed the law, claiming that a second official language would threaten Macedonia’s “unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.” We call on Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Macedonian Parliament to overturn the president’s veto.
Decentralize the financing of municipalities:
Inequality between ethnic Macedonians and ethnic Albanians—for example in education and healthcare—is politically constructed. Ending discrimination against ethnic Albanians by providing equal opportunity for economic and social growth in areas with an ethnic Albanian majority can be achieved through the decentralization of the federal budget.
We call on the United States and Europe not to admit Macedonia into NATO and the European Union until the Albanian platform is fully implemented.
The Albanian American Civic League founded in 1989, is the only registered volunteer lobby in Washington, DC, representing the concerns of Albanian Americans about the national cause of seven million Albanians living side by side in Kosova, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, the Presheva Valley, and Chameria (Northern Greece). The Civic League works to influence US foreign policy to bring lasting peace and stability to Southeast Europe.
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Organizers (In formation):
Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi, President, AACL (NY)
Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi, Balkan Affairs Adviser, AACL (NY)
Ramazan Hajdini, Board member, AACL (WI)
Agim Alickaj, Board member, AACL (NY)
Hafiz Shala, Board member, AACL (NY)
Faton Bislimi, Board Member, AACL (Kosova)
Mamut Skenderi, Board Member, AACL (IL)
Sami Jonuzi, Board Member, AACL (NJ)
Destan Aliu, Board Member, AACL (IA)
Nazim Alimi, Board Member, AACL (MO)
Imer Bardhi, Board Member, AACL (TX)
Ekuran Sehu, Board Member, AACL (NY)
Rifat Memeti, Board Member, AACL (NY)
Arslan Cekaj, Board Member, AACL (NY)
Marash Nuculaj, Board Member, AACL (MI)
Qemal Vraniqi, AACL Dallas Chapter Co-chair (TX)
Saimir Rexhepaga, AACL Dallas Chapter Co-chair (TX)
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