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UMD Dismayed By Greece’s Veto of Macedonia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 4, 2008 -The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is profoundly disappointed with Greece’s veto of the Republic of Macedonia’s NATO membership during the NATO Bucharest Summit based on Greece’s objection to Macedonia’s name. While Macedonia met all NATO membership requirements and has combat troops participating in NATO’s Afghanistan operations, Greece still vetoed Macedonia.  All other NATO members…

Twenty Diplomats and Balkans Experts Send Letter to NATO Secretary General

Twenty European, Canadian, and American senior diplomats, academics, and international officials with long service in and on the Balkans send letter to NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer expressing deep concern about the prospects for the Republic of Macedonia to join NATO. To read the letter, click HERE .    ————————————————– Views expressed on this page are not necessarily those…

UMD Congratulates Macedonia on Successful Elections, Expects Resolution on Voting Incidents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 2, 2008 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates the Macedonian citizens, the Macedonian government, and all participants in Sunday’s election for conducting parliamentary elections that generally conformed to fair and democratic standards.  Macedonia’s elections once again demonstrated that the Republic of Macedonia successfully functions as a stable multi-ethnic democracy governed by the rule of law.…

UMD Urges Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections in Macedonia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 17, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) urges Macedonia’s Government and political institutions to ensure free, fair, and peaceful elections on March 22, 2009.   Free and fair elections are fundamental to any democratic state, particularly one that has set membership in NATO and the European Union as two of its primary foreign policy objectives. …

UMD Applauds Republic of Macedonia Decision to Deploy More Troops to Afghanistan

UMD Applauds Republic of Macedonia Decision to Deploy More Troops to Afghanistan

Monday, 21 September 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 21, 2009 – The Republic of Macedonia’s decision to deploy an additional 80 troops to Afghanistan was applauded by the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) today.  Macedonia’s President, Gjorge Ivanov, relayed the decision during an official visit to Vermont this past weekend.  The plan calls for Macedonian troops to be paired with their…

UMD Congratulates Macedonia on its Positive European Commission Report

UMD Congratulates Macedonia on its Positive European Commission Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 14, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates the Republic of Macedonia for receiving a positive report from the European Commission recommending the start of accession negotiations to the European Union. Today, the European Commission, in its annual enlargement strategy report, indicated that the Republic of Macedonia met the 1993 Copenhagen Criteria, in addition to…

UMD Expresses Disappointment Over European Union Council of Ministers’ Conclusion

UMD Expresses Disappointment Over European Union Council of Ministers’ Conclusion

BRUSSELS – December 9, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) expresses its disappointment over yesterday’s conclusion by the European Union (EU) Council of Ministers to revisit opening of Macedonia’s accession negotiations during the Spanish Presidency in the first half of 2010.  The Council further concluded that a mutually acceptable solution on the “name issue” is essential, hinting that the…

UMD Congratulates Macedonia on Council of Europe Chairmanship

May 11, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulated the Republic of Macedonia today for the start of the Macedonian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Committee of Ministers.  UMD wished Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Antonio Miloshoski success in chairing the CoE’s Committee of Ministers. Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Miloshoski announced today in Strasbourg, France the priorities…

UMD Meets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Presents Goce Delchev Award

UMD Meets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Presents Goce Delchev Award

November 2, 2010 – Ottawa, Canada – Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) met with The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  The meeting was to discuss Canada-Macedonia bilateral relations and Macedonia’s aspirations to join NATO.  UMD bestowed upon Prime Minister Harper its highest honour, the Goce Delchev Award, for his bold and…

UMD Meets Canadian National Defence Minister Peter MacKay

UMD Meets Canadian National Defence Minister Peter MacKay

November 4, 2010 – Ottawa, Canada – Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) met with The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence of Canada in Ottawa.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss advancing Canada-Macedonia bilateral relations and Macedonia’s aspirations to join NATO.  UMD hopes that NATO will offer Macedonia a formal invitation to join the Alliance at…

UMD Congratulates Macedonia and Turkey on Council of Europe Chairmanship

November 11, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulated Macedonia today on its successful Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Committee of Ministers.  UMD congratulates Turkey on assuming the new role of Chair.  The Foreign Affairs Ministers of Council of Europe member states hold the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the executive body of…