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Rep. Meeks Statement on Greece-Macedonia Agreement

June 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, U.S. Representative Gregory W. Meeks, issued the following statement regarding progress in Greek-Macedonian Relations:

“I am greatly encouraged by the resolution of the Greek-Macedonian name dispute; the result of years of diplomatic efforts. Though both legislatures still have to follow Prime Ministers’ Alexis Tsipras and Zoran’s Zaev’s leadership and finalize this deal, I am especially supportive of North Macedonia’s newly broadened path into European security and political structures.

“Here in the Unites States, a relatively young country and nation, we sometimes underestimate the role of history and culture in modern politics. This point of contention between Greece and Macedonia may only be decades old, but it has been millennia in the making. This development is a wonderful example of statesmanship and diplomacy that we sorely need today.

“I look forward to helping The Republic of North Macedonia work towards membership of NATO and the European Union.”