Macedonian authorities blocked the web-page on UN
Mission website because it was published under the reference FYROM
and demanded the name Macedonia to be used instead.
Diplomatic sources confirmed for Vreme that Macedonian
mission informed UN technical services in New York that provided
the demand is not accepted, Macedonia will no longer use their
services for web administration and will develop new web site
hiring commercial provider.
According to the UN procedures, technical secretariat
is responsible for developing web sites in accordance with missions’
demands. In the early years of establishing of the Macedonian
mission, the web site had been published under the name Macedonia,
which was changed into FYROM. Diplomatic sources think that such
change was initiated from the intervention of the Greek diplomacy
lobby. Sources state that according to the usual procedures UN
member states decide on the presentation of their missions while
technical secretariat is responsible only for providing technical
support and web site administration, and not for determining how
our country should be named. That is the reason why Macedonian
authorities ask secretariat through its system to provide promotion
of the web site under the name Macedonia.
Still there is no reply from the UN
services whether the demand will be accepted. But it is certain
that if there is a negative reply, Macedonian authorities will no
longer use UN system, but the promotion will be entrusted to commercial
Recently, Greek community in USA asked
UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, to change the mission’s
e-mail address and to use FYROM instead of Macedonia.