Name Recognition

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 Engages with Australian Policymakers in Canberra

UMD Engages with Australian Policymakers in Canberra

Between 25-27 May 2015, a delegation from UMD (Australia) met with leaders in the Australian Parliament with the objective of advancing Australia Macedonia Relations and building closer ties between the Macedonian community and the Australian Government and the Parliament. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations between Australia and Macedonia. Left to right in…

Madeleine Albright Agrees With Us

Madeleine Albright Agrees With Us

In a speech on May 13, 2015 at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on “Before and After Dayton: Bosnia’s Past and Its European Future,” former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that Greece’s dispute over Macedonia’s name is the crazies of crazies of international disputes in response to a question posed by UMD President Metodija A. Koloski.…

UMD Applauds Luke Simpkins on Urging Change of Australian Policy on Macedonia Name

The United Macedonian Diaspora (Australia) applauds last night’s speech by Australian Member of Parliament Luke Simpkins for Cowan, and a recipient of UMD’s Macedonia Friendship Award in 2013, calling on Australia’s government to recognise Macedonia. UMD Australia has long held the position that Australia’s policy is outdated and the government must change this and recognise Macedonia by her rightful and…

Macedonia’s Name and Identity Are Sacrosanct – The Charade of “Negotiations” With Greece Must End Now

The Republic of Macedonia is recognized as such (or as “Macedonia”) by more than 135 nations. Nonetheless, for over 20 years, Macedonia has too patiently entertained Greece’s canard that Macedonia should “negotiate” over its name. What a waste of time and precious resources that has been. So, what to do? UMD has the answer: Macedonia should immediately and permanently cease…

UMD Congratulates Luke Simpkins MP for Chairing the Australia Macedonia Parliamentary Friendship Group

The UMD has warmly welcomed the news that Mr. Luke Simpkins – Federal Member of the House of Representatives for the seat of Cowan in Western Australia will be the Chairman of the Australia Macedonia Parliamentary Friendship Group in this four-year term of the Australian Parliament. UMD Australia’s Director Mr. Ordan Andreevski explained, “the Australia Macedonia Parliamentary Friendship Group is…

Danish Foreign Minister on Greece-Macedonia Name Dispute

On May 6th, the Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard delivered a speech titled “Ukraine and the New European (Clean) Energy Debate” at Washington, D.C.’s Brookings Institution. During the question and answer session, UMD President Metodija A. Koloski posed a question of Foreign Minister Lidegaard on his efforts to help resolve the Greece-Macedonia name dispute. Click here for the audio. Below…

Op-ed: Time for Australia to recognise Macedonia’s legitimate name

Op-ed: Time for Australia to recognise Macedonia’s legitimate name

Australia’s e-journal of social and political debate ON LINE Opinion published today an op-ed by UMD President Metodija A. Koloski on the topic “Time for Australia to recognise Macedonia’s legitimate name.” Click HERE to read. On Line Opinion is a not-for-profit e-journal that aims to provide a forum for public social and political debate about current Australian issues and publish…

UMD Strongly Rejects Greek PM’s Comments on Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), as one of the leading voices for Macedonians worldwide, strongly rejects Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ comments that Greece is the only constructive partner towards reaching a solution on the name issue. The Greek PM further noted that the neighboring countries, Albania and Bulgaria, could attest to Greece’s supposed constructiveness. The comments by the Greek…

Foreign Minister Bob Carr Supports Stronger Australia-Macedonia Ties

The advancement of Australia Macedonia relations received a major boost at a gala dinner in Sydney last Friday night organised by the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD). Macedonians from across Australia warmly welcomed Australia’s Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr. Senator Bob Carr along with the Co-Chairs of the Australia Macedonia Parliamentary Friendship Group, Stephen Jones MP and Luke Simpkins MP was…