Name Recognition

UMD Reiterates Call Upon Macedonian Government to Cease “Negotiations” With Greece

UMD Reiterates Call Upon Macedonian Government to Cease “Negotiations” With Greece

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.   

UMD Urges End to Negotiations, Opposition’s Return to Parliament, and Diaspora Right to Vote

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.  

UMD Meets with UN Envoy Ambassador Nimetz

UMD Meets with UN Envoy Ambassador Nimetz

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.

UMD Calls on ICG to Retract Biased Report on Macedonia

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.

UMD Salutes Gruevski’s Speech to 66th United Nations General Assembly

UMD Salutes Gruevski’s Speech to 66th United Nations General Assembly

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.”

NEW UMD CAMPAIGN: Australia, Recognise Macedonia Today!

NEW UMD CAMPAIGN: Australia, Recognise Macedonia Today!

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. 

ICJ Rules Against Greece in Macedonia Case

ICJ Rules Against Greece in Macedonia Case

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…