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Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Becomes 66th OAS Permanent Observer

  May 18, 2011

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia became the 66th Permanent Observer of the Organization of American States (OAS) today, when the Permanent Council approved its application during a meeting held at Organization headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Ambassador of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the United States, Zoran Jolevski, expressed on behalf of his Government his appreciation for the approval of the European country as an OAS Permanent Observer.

“By requesting and acquiring the status of a Permanent Observer the Republic of Macedonia has demonstrated its continuing commitment to actively engage and to contribute to common efforts to finding responses to common challenges,” the diplomat said.

Ambassador Jolevski acknowledged the role of the OAS in promoting peace and security, strengthening democracy, protecting and promoting human rights, fighting poverty and other causes, and affirmed that “it is in Macedonians’ strong interest to make a continued contribution to the organization’s activities in some of those areas, and at the same time we are showcasing our interest in strengthening economic, commercial, and cultural ties with the countries of the Americas.”

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is located in the central Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe and was one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. Its population is about two million people, of which a little more that 500 thousand live in its capital, Skopje.

The status of OAS Permanent Observer was established during the General Assembly held in San José, Costa Rica, in 1971. Permanent Observers participate in all of the Organization’s activities and contribute to its programs.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

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Reference: E-675/11