Tag: albania

UMD Awarded $6,500 Grant to Macedonian Cultural Festival in Albania

UMD Awarded $6,500 Grant to Macedonian Cultural Festival in Albania

UMD Macedonia Country Director Veronika Tomova, together with the Global Co-Chair of Generation M Kristina Dimitrievski, attended the 11th Macedonian Cultural Summer Festival, organized by the Association of Macedonians with Origins from Albania “Sonce,” held in Pustec, in the Prespa Lakes region of Albania on July 25-30, 2018. Tomova and Dimitrievski provided a check for $6,500 to the Association President…

UMD Rebukes Albanian Prime Minister’s Provocations

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) reproves Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s recent statements regarding the Republic of Macedonia, addressing a regional conference in Tirana on May 20. Mr. Rama stated that he would veto Macedonia’s NATO membership if Macedonia did not implement the Ohrid Framework Agreement fully. He also asserted that Macedonian authorities incorrectly categorized the recent violence in Kumanovo…

UMD: 100 Years Since Bucharest: Never Again

August 10th marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Treaty of Bucharest, a document that ended the Balkan Wars. This event saw the removal of the Ottoman Empire from Macedonia, with remaining portions of territory being annexed by the kingdoms of Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, and later Albania, with the approval of the world powers. The treaty led to one of…

UMD Applauds Albanian Parliament’s Decision to Return Macedonian Toponym Pustec

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) applauds the Albanian Parliament for today’s unanimous decision to return the name Pustec to the village that was previously named Liqenas, in the Mala Prespa region, Albania.  The UMD congratulates the native Macedonian minority in Albania for this accomplishment, and hopes that the Albanian authorities will follow suit for the other eight villages in the…

UMD Commemorates 64th International Human Rights Day

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) joins human rights advocates worldwide in commemorating the anniversary of December 10, 1948, when Eleanor Roosevelt stood before the United Nations General Assembly and declared “this Universal Declaration of Human Rights may well become the international Magna Carta of all men everywhere.”   On this day, UMD calls upon the United Nations and the European…

Clinton’s Balkans Visit Sends Wrong Message to Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), as the voice of close to half a million Macedonian-Americans, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday expressing concern over her bypassing Macedonia for the fourth time when she visits the Balkans next week.  UMD believes that this is sending the wrong message to Macedonia and Macedonian citizens and urges…

UMD Observes 100th Anniversary of First Balkan War

UMD Observes 100th Anniversary of First Balkan War

Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and all Macedonians worldwide are commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First Balkan War, on October 8th, which was the start of a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Macedonian people, particularly by the governments of Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia.     The Balkan Wars led to the unjust division…

UMDiaspora Condemns Burning of Macedonian Flags

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora expresses serious concern and apprehension following the burning of fifteen Macedonian flags by loathing members of the Greek minority in Albania hours before the visit of Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski in Tirana on November 11th, 2005. UMDiaspora condemns such racist and nationalistic acts of hate. The Albanian authorities must prevent or heavily regulate…