AMHRC welcomes visit of Stephen Jones MP to Macedonia

3 August 2012

The Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) welcomes the visit to the Republic of Macedonia of Mr Stephen Jones MP, the Chairperson of the Australia-Macedonian Parliamentary Friendship Group.

During his visit to Macedonia’s capital city, Skopje, Mr Jones met with the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr Gjorge Ivanov; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nikola Poposki; the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr Trajko Veljanovski; and representatives of the opposition. He also attended the Ilinden Macedonian national day celebrations in Krushevo, as an official guest of the Macedonian government.

Stephen Jones MPMr Jones also met with representatives of the Macedonian minority of Greece, including members of the European Free Alliance – Rainbow, a political party of the Macedonian minority in Greece.

Stephen Jones, of the Australian Labor Party, is the Federal Member for the Division of Throsby, an electorate where many Macedonians reside. He has been a vocal supporter of the Macedonian community on a range of issues including advocating for a change in Australian government policy to recognise the official name of the Republic of Macedonia.

The AMHRC was pleased to have assisted in the preparation of Mr Jones’ visit to Macedonia. Last year, Mr Luke Simpkins MP of the Liberal Party and Federal Member for Cowan, visited Macedonia and met with a wide range of MPs and government officials. The AMHRC will continue to encourage more Australian MPs from all political parties to visit the Republic of Macedonia, as the bilateral relationship between Australia and Macedonia continues to prosper.

The AMHRC once again calls upon the Australian government to recognise the Republic of Macedonia under its official and democratically chosen name and would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Jones, Mr Simpkins and others for the continued support on this important issue to the Macedonian community.