Canadian Hellenic Congress

Canadian Hellenic Congress

October 26, 2007 13:04 ET

13:00hrs, 27 October 2007, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa: Hellenic Canadians Protest Harper's Decision Concerning FYROM

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2007) - The voice of hundreds of thousands of Canadians of Hellenic origin from across Canada will be heard on Parliament Hill this Saturday, October 27, at 1:00 pm, saying NO! to Prime Minister Harper.

The Canadian Hellenic Congress calls all Canadians of Hellenic descent, all philhellenes, their friends and families at a mass rally, to protest against the decision of the conservative government that recognized FYROM with a name other than the one agreed to by the Governments of Athens and Skopje and signed by the international community (United Nations Security Council Resolution 817 (1993)).

This blunt and unprecedented decision by the Prime Minister circumvents and challenges UN resolutions and decisions; it ignores commitments undertaken through international agreements and puts a stop to a great tradition of previous governments of Canada that held fast to their principles, earning Canada its reputation and respect in the international community and amongst its citizens from coast-to-coast.

FYROM born Liberal MP Lui Temelkovski of Markham Ridges Ontario, introduced a private member's Bill-C-443 calling on the Canadian Government to recognize FYROM as "Republic of Macedonia", in blunt violation of the UN Resolution. In a telephone conversation with the Canadian Hellenic Congress Mr. Temelkovski indicated that he was "just testing the waters", and that "he knew his Bill did not have a chance". The Bill however was never fully presented to the House, the Conservative Government of Prime Minister Harper made the decision unilaterally, since the majority of a well-informed House would have rejected it.

Such a decision can only create unnecessarily further tensions in the Balkans and undermine the efforts made by the United Nations Security Council to facilitate bilateral negotiations between Greece and FYROM, for a mutually agreeable solution regarding the use of the Greek name Macedonia.

The decision is an insult to hundreds of thousands of Canadians of Hellenic descent and their families when their elected members of parliament ignore their sensitivities of cultural identity and align with attempts to falsify 4000 thousand years of Hellenic history that define the name Macedonia. It further encourages those who, reminiscent of a different era, systematically manufacture history and heritage that produce self-proclaimed descendants of Hellenic heroes, appropriate their symbols and serve only one purpose: that of satisfying future territorial ambitions for the commercial and/or political benefits of their friends and allies.

At the same time Prime Minister Harper takes, rightfully, a strong stand in protecting our Canadian sovereignty against foreign claims in the Northern Passage where global warming is redefining our geography. What would then the hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens of Hellenic descent do when their mother country's geography is dependent upon 4000 thousand years of Hellenic history that this decision puts at stake?

NO! Prime Minister Harper. Revoke your decision. Canada must let Athens and Skopje reach a mutually agreeable solution under the auspices of the United Nations.

October 27, 2007 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and in the next elections, all Canadians of Hellenic descent will say

NO!

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