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MHRMI Response to Times Article Referring to Macedonians as "Slavs"

July 7, 2006

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Times Responds to Macedonians' Complaints About "Slav" Reference

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International - Press Release

In the July 6, 2006 article "Former boxer becomes Macedonian Prime Minister", Anthony Browne describes Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski as "A Slav nationalist former boxer and amateur actor", describes the conflict between the "Slav majority and Albania minority", and states "Peace between Slavs and Albanians in Macedonia..."

There is no ethnic group in Macedonia that refers to itself as "Slav". The Macedonian population in the Republic of Macedonia is simply that, ethnic Macedonian. Any other term is insulting. In an effort to question the legitimacy of the Macedonian nation, and to deny the existence of its large Macedonian minority, Greece refers to Macedonians as "Slavs" and pressures the international community to do the same. Unfortunately, the Times has followed suit. We sincerely hope and expect that the Times will not make this error again.

Bill Nicholov, President
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
Address: 157 Adelaide St. West, Suite 434, Toronto, Canada M5H 4E7
Tel: 416-850-7125 Fax: 416-850-7127
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ACTION ALERT - Times Refers to Macedonians as "Slavs"

Voice your displeasure to The Times referring to Macedonians as "Slavs" and Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski as a "Slav nationalist". Send your letters to the following addresses. Please see MHRMI's response below.

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