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“We are Macedonians”: North Macedonia Minister provokes Greece

Labor Minister Rashela Mizrahi in the caretaker government of North Macedonia triggered  a storm of reactions after she had a picture in front of a plaque bearing the country’s old name “Republic of Macedonia.”

The Labor minister is a member of nationalist VMRO that opposed the Prespes Agreement with Greece.

Mizrahi reportedly refused to apologize for the provocation saying that she was merely correcting i “historical injustice.” Moreover she said that “this is the Republic of Macedonia and that [we are] Macedonians.”

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov accused Mizrahi of disrespecting the constitution and of jeopardizing the country’s Euro-Atlantic future and the so-called “name” agreement with Greece – which the EU strongly supported.

He said he had received a verbal note of protest from Athens over Mizrahi’s action, adding that he would propose her dismissal from the caretaker government, tasked to organize the April general elections, if she failed to back down.

former Greek Foreign Minister and architect of the Prespes Agreement, Nikos Kotzias, called on Mitsotakis’ government to report the action to the United Nations.

“The government has to report Rasela Mizrahito the UN Rasela Mizrahi, the labor minister of Northern Macedonia, coming from its brother VMRO, for gross violations of international law and the Prespa Agreement. Immediately, ask the EU to ban her from entering all member states.”

PS Will the New Democracy government properly react to the provocation? Hardly…

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    Thieves, Liars, Clowns is what you were then, are currently and always will be – be who you are
    gypsy (no ancient history) Bulgarian speaking Albanians with an Agenda funded by corruption!!!
    Albanian corruption stole from the Hellenes of Borio Epirus to slowing move from the left side up…
    That’s who you are now!!!!!!! What have you done to the Yugoslavians that lived in that area…

  2. Wow, the hatred? Over the course of history it seems everyone has stolen from everyone and everyone has slaughtered and conquered everyone. When does this barbaric process end?

    The need of the many out weigh the needs of the one

    give it some thought

  3. A Real Life Kolokotronis

    Yugoslavia had no history so they tried to steal Greece’s. Everyone knows Alexander the Great was not Yugoslavian. Especially after his father Philip’s tomb was found in Greece. Why stoop to their profoundly challenged nationalist’s level when history knows better.

    Greece’s Northern province is named Macedonia and half of ancient Greece was also called Macedonia. Hence the clarification to allow the Slavs to only use the territorial name of Northern Macedonia. To claim that they are Northern Macedonians would mean that they come from the northern part of Greece’s existing province and Norther Macedonia as it is now called has absolutely nothing to do with Macedonia. It is like Canada calling itself Norther USA, it is not the USA.

  4. Spiros Lisagmenopoulos

    This is a Slavic peoples who’s language, costumes, geography, appearance, etc, is certainly not Greek. Yet, Macedonia became synonymous with Former Republic of Yugoslavia f or so long that they finally agreed to change it to” Norther Macedonia”.

    In all fairness to both nations, the outside pressure to resolve this name dispute was so enormous that the USA appointed a dedicated negotiator. For all the good this prefix of “Northern” does just so America could throw another NATO country in Russia’s face, however tiny and insignificant it might be.