To Senator John McCain
Dear Senator McCain,
I am Nina Gatzoulis and I am the Supreme President of the Pan-Macedonian Association of the U.S.A. I came to this wonderful country many years ago from Macedonia, the Northern province of Greece that is my birthplace as well as the birthplace and real home of Alexander the Great.
Presently there is a Senate Resolution SR-300, which calls on the FYROM, a country north of Greece that wishes to be called Macedonia, to stop its propaganda against Greece and to diligently negotiate a mutually acceptable name that would provide long and lasting peace in the Balkans. This recently introduced resolution has thus far been co-sponsored by 10 Senators. A similar resolution in the House HR-356 was introduced by Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Congresswoman Caroline Maloney and has thus far been co-sponsored by 120 Representatives.
Through the cosponsoring of this resolution, it is our hope that the United States will be sending the FYROM the clear message that their attempt to rewrite history and steal the cultural heritage of an honorable people is not acceptable behavior.
We would like to know if you would also become a co-sponsor of SR-300 before the elections?
The Bush administration by recognizing this state as “Macedonia, “while the name issue was being negotiated under the UN has encouraged FYROM to adopt the most obstinate intransigent stance regarding the negotiations. They refuse to discuss any other name than Republic of “Macedonia”, even though according to the Interim Accord in 1995, they agreed that a new name must be found for their country. On three different occasions, Henry Kissinger stated: "Greece has historical rights to the name Macedonia!" The Bush administration by recognizing this state as “Macedonia,” has become instrumental into the most horrific revision of history throughout the ages.
We would also like to know when you are president if you would take action to reverse the disastrous decision to recognize FYROM as Republic of “Macedonia” and urge FYROM to find a name which would reflect its population’s Slavic, Albanian, Roma, Turkish and Greek origins.
Supreme President of the Pan-Macedonian Association (USA)