[Ossm-members] Re: Makedonija vo debian [NEWS]
novica at bagra.org
Sat Apr 17 23:12:04 UTC 2004
Marko Simendić wrote:
> The problem is in
> following the ISO-3166 standard (in iso-codes package) by which every
> country has a short and a long name (the both names for Macedonia seem to
> be FYRM). Debian maintainers wish to avoid interfering in politics by
> following the standard.
What the Debian maintainers (and few more in the FLOSS world) are failing to
realize is that the ISO-3166 comes from politics. The ISO-3166 standard
comes from the UN list of countries. The UN list of countries is influenced
by lobby groups, politicians, etc. that work hard to succeed in doing what
I don't know much about the China/Taiwan issue, and I don't like to compare
it with the Macedonia/Greece issue.
The Debian maintainers should, instead of looking into "standards", look
into international law. The UN charter is a good place to start. People
could tell a lot of stories, and histories about Macedonia. But the fact is
that in the Balkans, there is a small country that wants to call it self
Macedonia. The UN charter grants this (human) right.
Don't you F.Y.R.O.M. me!
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