Last week, UMD sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging her to reiterate America’s recognition of Macedonia’s constitutional name, support for Macedonia’s NATO admission, and position that the “name dispute” between Greece and Macedonia is immaterial to Macedonia’s NATO bid during her upcoming meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister on February 14, 2008.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 26, 2008 – On March 25, 2008, the United Macedonian Diaspora took out advertisements in three of Macedonia’s largest daily newspapers, Dnevnik, Utrinski Vesnik, and Vecer stressing that the Macedonian Diaspora is against any changes to Macedonia’s constitutional name.The advertisements titled “NATO Membership Might Have a Price, but the Macedonian Name and Identity Do Not” reminded the President and the Prime Minister of their constitutional duty to uphold Macedonia’s constitutional name.
These are frustrating times for the Macedonians worldwide. Everybody is trying their best to help Macedonia in its struggle to preserve its name, identity, and dignity. Macedonians around the globe are finding ways to help Macedonia enter NATO. Little 9 year old Matej turned for help to President Bush. This is his letter that he wrote by himself and recently…
One of the most respected news magazines, TIME magazine, has captured the Macedonian struggle for independence in the early years of the last century. The article, written in 1925, describes the continuing efforts by the Macedonian patriots to liberate Macedonia, which at that time was under Yugoslavian, Greek and Bulgarian occupation. The article can be read at the Time Website
On April 6th, the Macedonian diaspora community in Los Angeles peacfully protested in front of the local Greek consulate. The Macedonian community in this area of the United States of America wanted to display its displeasure with the latest Greek chauvinistic politics, in particular the veto of Macedonia’s NATO membership. Several clips from the protest can be seen at Clip…
The Macedonian Struggle for freedom from the Ottoman Empire was captured by the New York Times through various articles published during the late 1890s and early 1900s. The articles discuss topics such as the creation of the Komiti bands, the efforts to liberate Macedonia, the efforts to win independence similar to the Crete model at the time, the Ilinden Uprising…
Greek Documents Contradict Athens
By Katerina Blazhevska
Translated and edited by Risto Stefov
Dnevnik, May 12, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 15, 2008 – Representatives from the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) met yesterday with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Daniel Fried, to discuss bilateral political and economic relations between the United States and the Republic of Macedonia, as well as Macedonia’s continued progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration. UMD thanked Ambassador Fried for his pivotal role in the United States’ recognition of Macedonia’s constitutional name and his indefatigable diplomatic efforts in connection with defusing the absurd “name dispute.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. & CANBERRA – May 25, 2008 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) applauds the recent decision of the government of Macedonia to allow Australian citizens to travel to Macedonia without visas.
In yesterday’s Australian Parliamentary session, Liberal Party MP for Cowen (WA), the Hon. Luke Simpkins, raised the issue of Australia’s official policy toward the name of the Republic of Macedonia and the Macedonians in Australia.
Source: U.S. Department of State
Recent Events in Georgia
Secretary Condoleezza Rice
August 13, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 12, 2008 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) celebrates the 15th anniversary since the start of relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the People’s Republic of China, and congratulates both countries on their continued efforts to straighten their ties and mutual understanding. Metodija A. Koloski, President of the United Macedonian Diaspora stated, “China was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Macedonia.” “Today signals the starting point of new and improved relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the People’s Republic of China,” Koloski further noted.