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At a rally in Sydney on Sunday, April 23, Member for Hughes (NSW) Craig Kelly made a statement regarding the FYROM name dispute that caused Peter Jasonides, National Co-Chair of the Australian Hellenic Council, to write a letter of complaint to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“Macedonians have every right to call their country Macedonia,” was the statement made by Craig Kelly at the rally.
Following the letter of complaint by Peter Jasonides the PM issued a reply regarding Craig Kelly’s statement.
In the statement the PM said that Australia’s policy of using the name ‘Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’ “remains unchanged,” adding “Our consistent position follows United Nations’ practice, and strives to remain impartial pending a mutually agreed solution among governments in Athens and Skopje…I regret any offense caused to the Hellenic Republic and Greek Australians.”