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PACE president backs constitutional name of Macedonia May 25, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
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The head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) prioritized on Friday advocation of human rights.

PACE President Mevlut Cavusoglu said defending human rights was the number one priority of the assembly.

“PACE Presidency attaches importance to strengthening intercultural and interreligious dialogue and protection of human rights,” Cavusoglu said during a PACE meeting in Skopje, Macedonia.

After the meeting, Cavusoglu paid a courtesy visit to Trajko Veljnovski, the president of the Macedonian Parliament.

Cavusoglu said he was using the constitutional name of Macedonia –the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia– as the PACE President, which he defined as a political decision.

“Macedonia’s chairmanship should be respected,” Cavusoglu said on the name crisis between Macedonia and Greece.

Macedonia will be the chair of the COE Committee of Ministers for the following six months.

Cavusoglu said Macedonia had taken successful steps in democratization and integration to the European Union (EU).

Also, Veljanovski said Turkey had supported Macedonia in every area from the outset, and the relations between the two countries could be an example to others.

Veljanovski thanked Cavusoglu for his support to the constitutional name of Macedonia.

Cavusoglu later had a meeting with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov.

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