Tag: Greece

We Have Always Been, Are, and Will Always Be Macedonia

We Have Always Been, Are, and Will Always Be Macedonia

Just hours ago, Greece’s President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, made inflammatory and patently false remarks about Macedonia, claiming that Macedonia “was, is, and will remain Greek.” He continued his historically illiterate diatribe by claiming that Macedonians “falsify history” and “use a name that it is not entitled to.” We here at the United Macedonian Diaspora strongly condemn these statements. We find it…

UMD Urges President Trump to Push Prime Minister Tsipras to Unblock Macedonia’s NATO Membership

UMD Urges President Trump to Push Prime Minister Tsipras to Unblock Macedonia’s NATO Membership

On October 16, 2017, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump prior to his scheduled meeting with the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Alexis Tsipras at the White House today urging him to push Prime Minister Tsipras to unlock Macedonia’s well-deserved NATO membership. UMD also urged President Trump to ensure a high-level…

The Deca Begalci Live and Fight On: Greece’s Continued Refusal of Accepting its Displaced Citizens

The Deca Begalci Live and Fight On: Greece’s Continued Refusal of Accepting its Displaced Citizens

The end of the Second World War—marking a decisive conclusion to the defining conflict of the 20th century—did not bring about global peace and the end of tragedy; moreover, the Greek Civil War. The civil war spanned from 1944-1948 and carried a wave of Macedonian child refugees out of Northern Greece (Aegean Macedonia). In 1947, those who fought against the…

UMD: Macedonia’s Leaders Have an Obligatory Constitutional Duty to Preserve Our Name and Identity

UMD: Macedonia’s Leaders Have an Obligatory Constitutional Duty to Preserve Our Name and Identity

The United Macedonian Diaspora’s continued support for the inclusion of the Republic of Macedonia into both the EU and NATO does not in any way concede a name change. Greece has been a decades’ long adversary in Macedonia’s quest for greater regional stability and security. Time and time again Macedonia has been willing to address Greece’s stated concerns – most…

UMD Congratulates Australia On Security Council Seat; Thanks Macedonia for Voting in Favour

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates Australia for winning a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council.  Since Australia announced its bid in March 2008, UMD has been a strong advocate and supporter, particularly through the Roadmap for Advancing Australia-Macedonia Relations.  UMD thanks Macedonia for voting in favour of Australia’s membership on the UN Security Council.  As it assumes this…

Greek Torture and Expulsion

Niki Lazaro, inspired by our press release UMDiaspora Sends Letter to Greek President, writes to us and describes first hand the hardship of the state sponsored discrimination he experienced under Greek torture. Niki even today can not visit his birthplace in a country that is part of the European Union. From: Niki Lazaro Date: Nov 16, 2005 10:59 AM To…

Australian Macedonian Refused Entry at the Greek Border

Source: Macedonian daily Dnevnik Translated by UMDiaspora Staff Discrimination against the Children Refugees: Greece Still Uses the Black Book “The Greek customs authorities rejected my entrance into the country because my passport said that I was born in the village of Statica, and not in Melas, which is the current Greek name”, stated Done Dimov, an Australian citizen. Greece continues…

Macedonian Prime Minister Will Seek Justice for expelled Macedonians from Greece

Source: Macedonian daily Dnevnik Translated by UMDiaspora Staff It is about time somebody raised this issue, initiating a dialogue with Greece on the problems of the expelled Macedonians, incoming Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said. During a pan-Macedonian gathering in the Pelister village of Trnovo yesterday, Prime Minister-designate Nikola Gruevski promised the expelled Macedonians that he would initiate a dialogue with…

MHRMI 2006 Annual Report – The Macedonian Minority of Greece

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has issued its 2006 Annual Report – The Macedonian Minority in Greece, outlining Greece’s systematic policy of forced assimilation and persecution of its Macedonian minority. Greece vigorously denies the existence of any ethnic minorities on its territory and attempts to suppress any voices that advocate human rights. Simply raising the issue of the Macedonian…