November 22, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is extremely disappointed that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) did not formally invite Macedonia to become a member at this past weekend’s Lisbon Summit. UMD strongly urges NATO member states (as well as other countries) to use concerted diplomatic (and economic) efforts vis-à-vis Greece to end its opposition to Macedonia’s entry into the Alliance.
December 13, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) mourns the unfortunate passing of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, a distinguished American diplomat and friend to Macedonia and the Southeast European region.
17 December 2010 – Vienna, Austria – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is pleased to learn that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Permanent Council, at their 844th Session, adopted by consensus a decision to change the name of OSCE’s Mission in Macedonia from the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje to the OSCE Mission to Skopje.
Zimbabwe became the 130th country to recognize Macedonia’s constitutional name. Zimbabwe and Macedonia established full-diplomat relations today. Macedonian Prime Minister Gruevski and Zimbabwe President Mugabe met on the sidelines of the Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli, Libya in December 2010 to discuss issues of mutual interest. Thank you Zimbabwe!
Skopje, 18 January 2011 (Source: MIA) – Bolivia’s government has decided to use the Republic of Macedonia’s constitutional name in future bilateral communication, reads the letter of Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca, sent to Macedonian counterpart Antonio Milososki through its UN mission.
February 28, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), on behalf of its membership and entire global Macedonian Diaspora community, expressed today its concern over the ongoing and most recent Macedonian Government’s handling of the “name dispute” with Greece, and the political gamesmanship of Macedonia’s political parties with Macedonia’s democratic institutions. Furthermore, UMD expressed disappointment in the manipulation of the Diaspora’s right to vote by Macedonia’s political parties.
April 15, 2011 – New York, NY – The United Macedonian Diaspora (“UMD”) met yesterday with the United Nations (“UN”) Special Envoy, Mediator Matthew Nimetz, in New York. During the meeting UMD stressed the unprecedented resolution asking the Republic of Macedonia to negotiate over its official name. These imposed “name negotiations” have de facto deprived the basic right of self-identification from the millions of Macedonians worldwide, and the UMD delegation used the opportunity to call once again for their immediate termination.
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…