Pro-FYROM Activists Lobby Australian Parliament

A Greek-Australian rally in Melbourne over the ‘Macedonia’ name dispute (file photo)

An online petition could be headed to Australia’s parliament demanding Canberra recognize the Skopje government as the ‘Republic of Macedonia’.

Under Australian law, an e-petition has four weeks to gather as many signatures as possible before it is presented by parliament’s Chair of the Petitions Committee or by a nominated lawmaker.

In the pro-FYROM petition, it calls for Australia to cease using “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.

“Australia says its position is in accordance with UN terminology. However, 140 UN members, including four of five permanent UN Security Council members (the UK, USA, Russia and China), recognise the Republic of Macedonia by its historical and constitutional name.

“In the spirit of democracy, fundamental freedoms, respect for human rights and dignity and the rule of law; Australia should also recognise the Republic of Macedonia by its historical and constitutional name.”

Meanwhile, a deadline to sign a Greek-Australian petition over the Macedonia name dispute has been extended.

The PanMacedonian Association of New South Wales said its deadline for a joint letter to be sent to the government in Athens had been extended to March 14.