President Ivanov Meets Macedonian Diaspora in New Jersey

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Upon arrival in the United States where President Ivanov will participate at the 67th UN General Assembly, he met with representatives of the Macedonian Diaspora in the “SS. Cyril and Methodius” church Cedar Grove in New Jersey.

-Out of numerous relations that connect the homeland and the Diaspora, the biggest love is toward our mutual homeland. I believe that this love is the reason more to be united and together in efforts for progressive, rich and prosperous Macedonia. The desire for the European and Euro-Atlantic Macedonia unites not only the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia but all our brothers and sisters worldwide. Let’s unite to have progressive, European and prosperous Macedonia, President Ivanov said.

Besides Macedonians from New Jersey also politicians from this state participated at the meeting.

The Congressman Bill Pascrell, strong supporter to Macedonia, held a speech in which he strongly urged for Macedonian membership into NATO.

-We as a country have no right, and the United Nations has no right to tell you or any other nation how to call yourself. I have discussed this issue many times with my good friend, the State Secretary Hillary Clinton. I have also discussed with former president, republicans and democrats, and we will not yield from Macedonia to be sovereign and independent state forever and there is no reason someone to hinder its membership to NATO. Our struggle is not to destroy the enemy but the enemy to become a friend, Pascrell said.

Kire Trajceski, President of the “SS. Cyril and Methodius” church board demanded maintenance of the Macedonian identity during the talks with Greece.

On Sunday, President Ivanov will visit “St. Nikola” church in Totowa.

At an invitation of the Harvard University, President Ivanov will deliver a lecture on topic “Macedonia – Integration Without Assimilation Through Respecting of Diversity” at the Faculty of Law at this University.

President Ivanov is scheduled to deliver an address at a general debate of the 67th UNGA on Sept. 27.

The Macedonian President in New York will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

On the sidelines of the General Assembly, bilateral meetings are scheduled between President Ivanov and heads of state and government, and the President will take part at events allowing meetings and contacts with international representatives to occur, such as the reception in honor of the Heads of Delegations hosted by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, the reception hosted by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the reception on the occasion of the opening of the new premises of the EU to the UN, organized by the President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Macedonian delegation will meet with UN special envoy in the name talks, Matthew Nimetz and Foreign Minister Poposki will meet with Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.

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