Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mike Rann: “Macedonia is Greek!”

South Australian premier Mike Rann has sparked an international diplomatic furore by accusing the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) of stealing Greek culture and its leader, Gjorge Ivanov, of “stirring up trouble in the most dangerous way”. He made the comments in a speech at the Dimitria Greek festival in Adelaide.
In the speech, Rann affirmed his commitment to Adelaide’s Greek voters and promised his government would “remain firm and unswerving in our support for your cause. It is important because no one is entitled to steal another nation’s history or culture,” Rann said.
Earlier this week, Rann said he would not be “silenced or muzzled” and would “continue to speak out on issues I believe in”.

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