Advocacy

UMD Praises VP Pence, Urges Him to Underscore U.S. Support for Macedonia’s NATO Membership

UMD Praises VP Pence, Urges Him to Underscore U.S. Support for Macedonia’s NATO Membership

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) praises U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on his first visit to the Balkans to underscore America’s commitment to NATO enlargement for the region at the U.S.-Adriatic Charter Summit in Montenegro. UMD urges Vice President Pence and the Trump Administration to dedicate all diplomatic resources to ensure Macedonia becomes NATO’s 30th member as soon as possible.…

UMD: Macedonia-Bulgaria Agreement is Unconstitutional and Contradictory

UMD: Macedonia-Bulgaria Agreement is Unconstitutional and Contradictory

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), being the leading organization of Macedonians outside Macedonia, expresses its serious concerns over the incomplete, vague and contradictory content of the Treaty of Friendship, Good-Neighborly Relations, and Cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Bulgaria. UMD believes that the signing of such an agreement—as well as the possible ratification in the Assembly…

ОМД: Нејасен и Контрадикторен Договор Помеѓу Македонија и Бугарија

ОМД: Нејасен и Контрадикторен Договор Помеѓу Македонија и Бугарија

Обединетата Македонска Дијаспора (ОМД), како најголема организација на Македонците надвор од Македонија, изразува загриженост заради непотполната, нејасната и контрадикторната содржина на Договорот за Пријателство, Добрососедство и Соработка Меѓу Република Македонија и Република Бугарија. ОМД смета дека потпишување како и евентуална ратификација во Собранието на Република Македонија на договорот со моменталната содржина, негативно би се одразил врз македонските национални интереси, но…

UMD Applauds 32 Members of Congress for Urging Secretary Tillerson to Visit Macedonia

UMD Applauds 32 Members of Congress for Urging Secretary Tillerson to Visit Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), the voice of the Macedonian-American community in Washington, D.C., applauds the efforts of the Congressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans Co-Chairs Congressman David Trott, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Congressman Steve Stivers, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, along with members of the Macedonia Caucus and friends of Macedonia for sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex…

UMD Meets with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

UMD Meets with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), as a leading non-partisan, non-governmental organization promoting Macedonia and the interests and needs of Macedonians abroad, reached out to the office of the new Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, to arrange a meeting. UMD Chairman Stojan Nikolov met face-to-face with the Prime Minister on July 14, 2017 in Skopje, Macedonia as…

UMD Statement on Australia’s Foreign Minister Visit to Macedonia

UMD Statement on Australia’s Foreign Minister Visit to Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for initiating a timely and historic visit to Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia from 9 – 15 July 2017. It will be the first official visit by an Australian Foreign Minister to Croatia and Macedonia. In Macedonia, Australia’s Foreign Minister will meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Foreign Minister…

Macedonia’s NATO Membership: No Time for Complacency

Macedonia’s NATO Membership: No Time for Complacency

Now is the most important time for NATO to grant Macedonia membership status. The Balkans region has become increasingly unstable, and it’s imperative that American and European cooperation accompanies a strong, direct push for unity. During a hearing on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Senate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation addressed a number of threatening issues pertaining to…

The Deca Begalci Live and Fight On: Greece’s Continued Refusal of Accepting its Displaced Citizens

The Deca Begalci Live and Fight On: Greece’s Continued Refusal of Accepting its Displaced Citizens

The end of the Second World War—marking a decisive conclusion to the defining conflict of the 20th century—did not bring about global peace and the end of tragedy; moreover, the Greek Civil War. The civil war spanned from 1944-1948 and carried a wave of Macedonian child refugees out of Northern Greece (Aegean Macedonia). In 1947, those who fought against the…

MALC2017’s Memorable Moments; Detroit to host MALC2018

MALC2017’s Memorable Moments; Detroit to host MALC2018

The Annual Macedonian-American Leadership Conference, abbreviated as MALC, celebrates the strong alliance between the Republic of Macedonia and the United States of America. This year, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and its young leaders program, Generation M, hosted the fourth MALC —a three-day event from June 8th-11th—that worked fervently to emphasize and reaffirm the cooperative relationship between the two countries…

UMD: Macedonia’s Leaders Have an Obligatory Constitutional Duty to Preserve Our Name and Identity

UMD: Macedonia’s Leaders Have an Obligatory Constitutional Duty to Preserve Our Name and Identity

The United Macedonian Diaspora’s continued support for the inclusion of the Republic of Macedonia into both the EU and NATO does not in any way concede a name change. Greece has been a decades’ long adversary in Macedonia’s quest for greater regional stability and security. Time and time again Macedonia has been willing to address Greece’s stated concerns – most…

UMD Statement on Formation of Macedonia’s New Government

UMD Statement on Formation of Macedonia’s New Government

As a leading non-governmental, non-political organization, founded in 2004, working to promote Macedonia and the Macedonian diaspora outside of our homeland, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) welcomes the peaceful transition of power that occurred today in Macedonia and wishes the new government much success in performing their duties. UMD will work with this government, as it has worked with previous…

Agenda: 4th Macedonian-American Leadership Conference and Days on the Hill

Agenda: 4th Macedonian-American Leadership Conference and Days on the Hill

Agenda: 4th Macedonian-American Leadership Conference and Days on the Hill Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – MALC2017 Registration at UMD Office – Please come to UMD office at 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Meetings in Congress 6:00 p.m. – Macedonian-American Heritage Congressional Reception in honor of June Immigrant Heritage Month featuring performance by…