“The Congressman is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the Sub Committee for European Affairs. His declarations cause great concern for Macedonia [sic] and the region. These declarations encourage nationalist rhetoric and they bring us back to the past”, the Foreign Ministry says.
This ministry also says that it is convinced that the US State Department will clarify any dilemma about the stances that have been expressed and that it will affirm its policy towards the FYROM and the Balkans.
Meanwhile, Dana Rohrabacher said in a televised interview on Vision Plus Albania that “the creation of Macedonia is a failed project and the necessary circumstances must be created to be divided with neighboring countries, including Kosovo and Bulgaria.”
As it pertains to the failed-state situation that the FYROM finds itself in after two decades of independence, the American Hellenic Council succinctly noted today: "for years the 'Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia' has promoted not only anti-Hellenic but anti-Bulgarian and Albanian historical revisionism. As well as outright racist propaganda and territorial ambitions against all its neighbors!"
Expanding on what the American Hellenic Council stated, the Macedonian League feels that a major part of the failure of the former Yugoslav republic stems from Skopje's diaspora lobby groups which, instead of focussing on building a viable society in the multi-ethnic state composed of Albanians, Turks, Roma and the Slav majority, they instead focus on pushing anti-Hellenism via:
- the promotion of pseudo-historical / pseudo-scientific positions on ancient Macedonia both online and in print literature;
- the creation of "ancient Macedonia" in a one square kilometre zone in Skopje, the capital city, by erecting new monumental statues and museums for propagandistic purposes in what was known as the Skopje 2014 project;
- false claims of human rights abuses by Greece (a member of the EU) on an imagined ethnic minority living "under Greek government opppression" and,
- purposeful misinformation especially as it pertains to the 'Macedonian Name Issue' itself.
Sources: Independent Balkan News Agency, Vision Plus Albania, American Hellenic Council