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INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITIES FOR POLICY EXECUTION TOWARDS DIASPORA OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

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- affirming cultural values of the Republic of Macedonia;
- promoting and protecting Macedonian national identity in terms of global diversity of nations and cultures;36

KEY POINTS IN THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TOWARDS DIASPORA

The new approach in the work with and towards diaspora in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs meant concentration of the recently diffused categorization into a new conception by the introduction of the term DIASPORA. Thus, basic conditions have been created which enabled the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to execute its function, that is strategic and politico-analytical dimension of acting towards diaspora.37
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its activities ensures the situation of the Macedonian national minorities who live abroad and strives for improvement of the
legal status and treatment of the Macedonian national minority in other countries, in accordance with international agreements as well as bilateral treaties and
agreements, which present one of the important goals of the Macedonian foreign policy. Furthermore, the Ministry works continuously on promoting relationships and
providing aid for development of cultural, educational and spiritual legacy of the Macedonian national minority / diaspora by merging both basic aspects: a) monitoring the respect of their human rights and liberties and the extent of their integration in the countries where they currently live, and b) developing effective and comprehensive relationships with the Republic of Macedonia.38
Ministry of Foreign Affairs is focused on application of international standards and support of solutions and decisions of appropriate international institutions and especially of the European Court of Human Rights. Moreover, it works on concluding bilateral agreements for protection of national minorities and at the same time through the diplomatic-consular network and information centers,



36 Strategic Plan of MFA 2011-2013, Skopje, 2011, p.7, http://www.mfa.gov.mk, 11/12/2012
37 http:www.mfa.gov.mk/?q=node/152
38 Strategic Plan of MFA 2011-2013, Skopje, 2011, p.7, www.mfa.gov.mk/?q=node/438, 11/12/2012



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