Advocacy

American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia

AmCham Macedonia aims to support and advance the interests of U.S., international and leading local businesses in Macedonia, and to promote the competitiveness of the country. We achieve this by building and maintaining strong relationships between our members, foreign investors, local decision and policy makers, other AmChams, the international community in Macedonia, thought leaders and experts. Via our events, initiatives…

Letter to U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice

UMDiaspora provides documentation to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the state sponsored discrimination against Macedonian minorities in Greece. In addition, UMDiaspora encourages the U.S. to continue its support to Republic of Macedonia after formally recognizing the country under its constitutional name on November 4th, 2004. July 1st 2005 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice U.S. Department of State 2201…

Letter to Greek President

UMDiaspora sent a letter to the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency, President Karolos Papoulias regarding his recent “invitation to all those disputing the Hellenic character of Macedonia to visit the findings unearthed by archaeological excavations in Vergina.” News article regarding President Papoulias’ invitation may be found at http://www.mpa.gr/article.html?doc_id=551808 His Excellency, President Karolos Papoulias c/o His Excellency, Ambassador Alexandros…

Resolution 306

Educate your Representative in Congress about Resolution 306 Macedonian-Americans, please educate your Representative in Congress regarding Concurrent Resolution 306 BACKGROUND On November 17, 2005, Congressman David E. Price of North Carolina and the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues co-chaired by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Mike Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced a resolution urginig “The Former Yugoslav Republic of…

A Macedonian Songcatcher Saves Ancient Traditions

Balkanalysis.com conducted an interview with a leading Macedonian ethnomusicologist where she discusses her interests in the field, the challenges one faces in coaxing songs out of reluctant villagers, and the importance of ritual music in Macedonian culture. “32 year-old Velika Stojkova Serafimovska, a professional ethnomusicologist at the Macedonian Institute for Folk Dance and Culture, thoroughly loves her job: exploring remote,…

UMDiaspora Met with UN Envoy Ambassador Matthew Nimitz

UMDiaspora met with United Nations envoy Ambassador Matthew Nimetz to discuss his recent proposal of “Republika Makedonija-Skopje” in hopes of solving the name dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece. NEW YORK – Representative leaders from the Macedonian Diaspora in North America Gligor Tashkovich of New York City, Metodija A. Koloski of the United Macedonian Diaspora in Washington,…

UMDiaspora Appalled by Humiliation of Macedonian Folklore Group by British Embassy

UMDiaspora demands an inquiry and an investigation to the recent embarrassing events outside the British Embassy in the Republic of Macedonia regarding the alleged abuse toward the members of the folklore group, “Gotse Delchev”. WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 6th, 2005 — The United Macedonian Diaspora demands an inquiry and an investigation as to the recent embarrassing events outside the British Embassy…

UMDiaspora Condemns Burning of Macedonian Flags

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora expresses serious concern and apprehension following the burning of fifteen Macedonian flags by loathing members of the Greek minority in Albania hours before the visit of Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski in Tirana on November 11th, 2005. UMDiaspora condemns such racist and nationalistic acts of hate. The Albanian authorities must prevent or heavily regulate…

Canadian National Defence Committee Vice-Chair Bryon Wilfert Urges Support of Macedonia

November 18, 2010 – Ottawa, Canada – On November 10, 2010, Canadian Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on National Defence, Mr. Bryon Wilfert (Liberal Party) sent a letter to The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada urging further Canadian support of Macedonia’s NATO membership.  “Canada should make clear that such a bilateral issue…

U.S. “Shadow Wolves” Train Macedonian Border Police

Source: US Embassy in Skopje Three officers from the United States Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement will visit Gevgelija May 7-11, 2007, to train Macedonian Border Police Officers in methods used to track persons suspected of smuggling and other illegal activities in border areas. The training is part of U.S. Embassy support for Macedonia’s efforts…

U.S. Department of State Press Briefing on Macedonia 02/01/2007

Source: U.S. Department of State MR. MCCORMACK: Yeah. Lambros. QUESTION: On FYROM. They are laughing of course. It’s a matter of laughing– yes. Anyway, FYROM. MR. MCCORMACK: FYROM. Oh, yes. FYROM, yes. QUESTION: We will listen carefully what you’re going to say. The Defense Minister of FYROM Lazar Elenovski after his meeting yesterday with the DOD, DOS, and White House…