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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…

Pismo isprateno od francuski pratenik do Sarkozy za Makedonija

Pismo isprateno od francuski pratenik do Sarkozy za Makedonija

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 15ти ноември, 2010 г. – Парис, Франција – Францускиот пратеник и Градоначалник на Каен, Филипе Дурон, на 5ти ноември 2010 испрати писмо до Претседателот на Франција Никола Саркози барајќи цврста поддршка од страна на Франција за членството на Македонија во НАТО.  “Во сите моите патувања во Република Македонија, ја увидов желбата на оваа млада држава да…

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

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…

Greek Government Sponsors Anti-Macedonian UofT Lecture

March 7, 2011 – Toronto, Canada – The United Macedonian Diaspora (“UMD”) promotes mutual respect and harmony among the many ethnic communities in the great nation of Canada and expects those communities to share such values as well.  Consequently, the UMD is dismayed by the insulting “Insights To Hellenism” lecture – sponsored by the Greek government — on March 5th…

UMD Applauds Hungary’s Support for Macedonia

UMD Applauds Hungary’s Support for Macedonia

April 14, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (“UMD”) applauds the announcement by Hungarian President Pal Schmitt and Prime Minister Viktor Orban that Hungary firmly supports Macedonia’s immediate membership in NATO and opening of accession negotiations to join the European Union (“EU”).  Prime Minister Orban referred to the name dispute between Macedonia and her southern neighbor as…

UMD Urges EU Council of Ministers to Open Accession Talks with Macedonia

UMD Urges EU Council of Ministers to Open Accession Talks with Macedonia

October 14, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – On October 12, 2011, the European Commission released its 2011 Progress Report on Macedonia, which recognized progress in all reforms undertaken by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, including an improvement in political dialogue, and significant praise of macroeconomic policy.  Though the EC stressed a stronger push is needed for reforms in…

UMD Criticizes European Commission Over Omission of Macedonian in Progress Report

UMD Criticizes European Commission Over Omission of Macedonian in Progress Report

October 14, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) criticized the European Commission over the omission of the adjective ‘Macedonian’ from the October 12, 2011 European Commission’s Progress Report on the Republic of Macedonia. UMD believes that the European Union (EU) and its institutions are contradictory and inconsistent with the EU’s own principles on human rights, mutual…

UMD Urges EU Leaders to Support Macedonia

UMD Urges EU Leaders to Support Macedonia

November 1, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) urged today all twenty-seven European Union (EU) members’ Heads of State to support the Republic of Macedonia’s EU aspirations.  Macedonia has been an EU candidate since 2005. In the letter to all EU leaders from UMD Board Chairman Stojan Nikolov and UMD President Metodija A. Koloski, UMD called…

National Post Op-ed: Time to let Macedonia play with the big boys

National Post Op-ed: Time to let Macedonia play with the big boys

November 28, 2011 – Toronto, Canada & Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is pleased to announce that one of Canada’s largest newspapers, the National Post, published today in its online edition an op-ed by UMD President Metodija A. Koloski and UMD Voice Editor Mark Branov titled Time to let Macedonia play with the big boys.  The printed…

10 Reasons Why the EU Should Grant Macedonia a Start Date for EU Accession Talks

10 Reasons Why the EU Should Grant Macedonia a Start Date for EU Accession Talks

In light of the Council of Ministers meeting this week in Brussels, UMD distributed the following one-page document to EU officials. 10 reasons why the European Union should start accession negotiations with the Republic of Macedonia (hereinafter Macedonia) without delay: 1. Macedonia has a natural right to determine its own name, identity, culture and history, and nationalistic Greek objections are…

U.S. Helsinki Commission Shows Strong Support for Macedonia’s NATO Membership

U.S. Helsinki Commission Shows Strong Support for Macedonia’s NATO Membership

Contact: Mark Branov, UMD Director of Public Relations and Communications+1-647-741-1919 January 19, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commends Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) for holding a hearing on January 18, 2012 on the topic of the Western Balkans and the 2012 NATO Summit.  “Due…

UMD Applauds Prime Minister Cameron’s Support for Macedonia

UMD Applauds Prime Minister Cameron’s Support for Macedonia

January 25, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) applauds Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom for his strong statement yesterday in support of Macedonia’s NATO and EU membership, in a speech before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg.  “I am supporting Macedonia’s accession to NATO and EU.  I have been…