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Item 6 Consideration of UPR Reports – Adoption of the Report of the UPR Working Group on Macedonia
September 25, 2009

Statement by the Delegation of the United States
Delivered by Courtney Musser

Geneva, September 25, 2009

Thank you, Mr. President.

The United States notes with concern that ethnic segregation in Macedonian schools is increasing. Although this was originally aimed at protecting minority students from ethnically based violence, it tends to deepen the dividing lines between the different ethnicities, reinforce stereotypes, and nullify reconciliation efforts.

For these reasons, we welcome the government’s commitment to address the roots of ethnic violence and to foster tolerance and respect for ethnic diversity by focusing greater efforts on education. We fully support the Ministry of Education’s goal of introducing courses on multiculturalism and tolerance as a means to enhance social cohesion among all ethnic groups.

Thank you.