Open Letter to the UN Special Representative Matthew Nimetz
May 12, 2018 — Letter to the UN Special Representative Matthew Nimetz
Special Representative Matthew Nimetz,
United Nations, New York
Your Excellency Rep. Matthew Nimetz ,
I have a honor to address you, on behalf of Macedonian people regarding the Name issue of my country in the United Nations. The aim of the present letter is to express sincere gratitude for your enormous efforts to resolve the difference between the Republic of Greece and the Republic of Macedonia.
Dear Sir, It is my understanding that this long term "difference" was an artificial and imposed "dispute" between Republic of Greece and the Republic of Macedonia. As you know, the name of a state, which is a subject of that state’s domestic jurisdiction, does not and could not create international legal rights for the state that adopts the name, nor does it impose legal obligations on other states. The name does not have any impact on the territorial rights of states, and in that light the Greek allegation that the name of the state implies "territorial claims" has no legal significance and legal grounds. By its official State name Republic of Macedonia does not jeopardize any international legal right(s) of the Republic of Greece and, accordingly, We in Macedonia strongly and rightfully believe that all Greece demands were illegitimate. Furthermore, We also believe, as most of international scholars do, that disputes over state’s names could not be legitimate and legally based, whatsoever.
In our view from the very beginning, when Macedonia was an applicant to the UN membership 1992, Greece diplomacy succeeded in the classical tactics of "replacement of theses" where they represented the case of the lack of recognition (from one country-Greece ) as a "dispute "or "difference" that could be relevant as the case for the UN Security Council. Somehow, United Nations didn’t realize the cunning tactics of Greece and, as a result, imposed illegal additional conditions for Macedonian admission to the United Nations.
Let me remind you Sir, that there were a Constitutional provisions (amendments to the Macedonian Constitution, made on January 1992.) asserting that of Republic Macedonia "has no territorial claims against any neighboring states".
In that light, dear Sir, We would suggest you to propose to the both sides, Greece and Macedonia, to solve the problem through the UN General Assembly and / or through the International Court of Justice in The Hague. That may be helpful, because every variation or form of the name solution (any proposed name) involves apparently our identity and exceeds our Macedonian "red line(s)" of non-intervention and non-interference in the identity area(s) and domestic issues or jurisdiction. So, shortly, any change of the state’s name will not be acceptable solution for Macedonia.
Dear Sir, in our view, that I believe most of the Macedonian people share it, the best solution you can propose is to bring issue of recognition of Macedonian name to the UN General Assembly. In that course of action Sir, We encourage you to make a proposition to the Macedonian Government to request the adoption of the Resolution of the UNGA extending membership of Macedonia under its constitutional name Republic of Macedonia. This, We believe is the just solution that you can propose to make an and to an apparently irrational and baseless "dispute" over the (our) state name.
Sir, accept the assurances of my highest consideration,
See / vidi: https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-solution-to-the-name-problem-of-the-republic-of-macedonia-in-the-un/u/22396138
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