WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Macedonian Diaspora attended a briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9th, 2006 organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia with the help and support of the Office of Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN). In his last Ambassadorial efforts to solidify U.S.-Macedonian relations, His Excellency, Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov briefed various Congressional staffers, members of the media, and Greek and Macedonian émigré organizations, respectively on the topic of The right to an identity: Republic of Macedonia and Resolutions H. Res. 521 and H. Con. Res. 306.
The United Macedonian Diaspora would like to extend its sincere thanks to the American Bosnian Association for its recent letter to Congress supporting the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia.
Though motivated, our organization can only succeed in its goals through solidarity with unbiased third parties, capable of distinguishing the gross injustices carried out in the name of national chauvinism. We applaud their courage and integrity and offer our heartfelt gratitude.
March 23, 2007
The Honorable Tom Lantos, Chairman
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
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In response to House Resolution 521 , the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia to Washington presented a document on the facts about Macedonian history schoolbooks at a briefing it organized in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, March 9th, 2006.
UMDiaspora reacts and tries to educate www.lonelyplanet.com, a leading travel guide website, regarding posted historical errors about Macedonian history.
Below is a letter that one of our members sent to the editorial staff of www.lonelyplanet.com
Educate your Representative in Congress about Resolution 306
Macedonian-Americans, please educate your Representative in Congress regarding Concurrent Resolution 306
UMDiaspora sent a letter to the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency, President Karolos Papoulias regarding his recent “invitation to all those disputing the Hellenic character of Macedonia to visit the findings unearthed by archaeological excavations in Vergina.” News article regarding President Papoulias’ invitation may be found at http://www.mpa.gr/article.html?doc_id=551808
Educate your Representative in Congress about Resolution 521 Macedonian-Americans, please educate your Representative in Congress regarding Resolution 521 BACKGROUND On October 27, 2005, the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues co-chaired by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Mike Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced a resolution calling upon Macedonia to “cease its distribution of negative and nationalist propaganda and…work with the United…
UMDiaspora extends gratitude toward the apolitical response of the National Geographic Magazine upon complaints by a Greek-American for utilizing the constitutional name of Republic of Macedonia in one of the magazine’s publications.
UMDiaspora provides documentation to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the state sponsored discrimination against Macedonian minorities in Greece. In addition, UMDiaspora encourages the U.S. to continue its support to Republic of Macedonia after formally recognizing the country under its constitutional name on November 4th, 2004. July 1st 2005Secretary of State Condoleezza RiceU.S. Department of State 2201 C Street…
UMDiaspora has initiated a petition campaign . Signatories to said petition agree to act as human rights advocates pledging to end racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination against people of ethnic Macedonian origin. Dr. Sam Vaknin, delivered a speech at the meeting of the Canada-Macedonia Chamber of Commerce in Toronto, Canada on December 4th, 1999, in which he stated in regards…