August 17, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) calls on the research organization International Crisis Group (ICG) to retract its latest report on Macedonia. The report lacks credibility due to its blatant bias — evidenced by its partisan demands, selective and misleading presentation of information, and inconsistency with its own positions set forth in a prior ICG report. UMD believes that these gross flaws fundamentally undercut whatever valid observations there may be in the document.
Sunday, 21 Aug. 2011 – Canberra, Macedonia – On Thursday, August 18, 2011, the Australia Macedonia Parliamentary Friendship Group in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia hosted a series of events at Parliament House in Canberra to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Macedonian Independence.
September 24, 2011 – New York City – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) saluted Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s eloquent and forthcoming speech before the 66th United Nations General Assembly today.
“We are Macedonians, we speak Macedonian, and our country’s name is the Republic of Macedonia,” declared Prime Minister Gruevski from the UN podium. The name dispute imposed by Greece has been “artificially created, absurd, and I believe for all of you, personally, intimately, it is also utterly incomprehensible.”
28 October 2011 – Perth, Western Australia – Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) Perth/Western Australia Branch announced a special campaign “Australia, Recognise Macedonia Today! Prime Minister Gillard, Do The Right Thing!” to draw public attention to Australia’s lack of full diplomatic recognition of Macedonia’s rightful and constitutional name – the Republic of Macedonia. The campaign coincides with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is being held in Perth, Western Australia starting today through the 30th of October.
UMD would like to bring to your attention the judgment of the International Court of Justice released yesterday in the case Macedonia v. Greece (Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995).>The ICJ in a vote 15:1 found that Greece, by objecting to the admission of Macedonia to NATO, has breached its obligation under Article 11, paragraph 1, of…
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, in a press release, announced today that the Republic of Namibia became the 133rd country to establish diplomatic ties with Macedonia at an Ambassadorial level using the Macedonia’s constitutional name.
Melbourne – 20 Feb 2012 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commends the decision of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and the Australian Government to abandon the administrative directive from 1994, which had the ‘slav’ prefix as a descriptor for Macedonians in Australia. UMD Board Director & Perth Director Dame Krcoski added: “The Australian Government should now…
Melbourne, Australia 24 Feb. 2012
UMD Australia supports Inquiry into Australia’s Overseas Representation; Calls for Opening of Australian Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia
As a result of its submission to the Inquiry into Australia’s Overseas Representation on 28 Nov. 2011, the United Macedonian Diaspora (Australia) was invited to a public hearing in Melbourne on 23 Feb. 2012, by the Parliament of Australia, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. The hearing enabled the Committee to gain in-depth information from UMD Australia on the recommendations for improving Australia’s diplomatic impact. In particular, the Committee was interested in UMD’s views on the activities that Australia’s diplomatic posts must undertake; their geographic location and spread; the appropriate level of staffing including locally engaged staff; and the affect of e-diplomacy and information and communication technology on the activities of diplomatic posts.