Melbourne (Australia) and New York City (USA)
20 October 2012
This past week Australia was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a period of two years beginning on 1 January 2013. Luxembourg was also elected, outpolling fellow EU member-state, Finland.
The Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) was pleased that the Republic of Macedonia voted for Australia in the ballot of all UN member states. Macedonia's support for Australia represents a clear expression of the will to strengthen and deepen the bilateral relationship.
Macedonian support for the Australian UNSC bid is in contrast to some countries in South East Europe which did not support Australia's candidacy; opting instead to back fellow European member-states.
The AMHRC now calls upon the Australian government to reciprocate by supporting the Republic of Macedonia's bid for a seat on the United Nations' Human Rights Council in the period 2014-2016.
Moreover and without further delay, Australia should recognise and utilise the Republic of Macedonia's democratically chosen name, as have more than 130 countries around the world. This represents more than two-thirds of all UN members, most of whom voted for Australia in the Security Council vote.