Tag: NATO

Macedonia’s NATO Membership: No Time for Complacency

Macedonia’s NATO Membership: No Time for Complacency

Now is the most important time for NATO to grant Macedonia membership status. The Balkans region has become increasingly unstable, and it’s imperative that American and European cooperation accompanies a strong, direct push for unity. During a hearing on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Senate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation addressed a number of threatening issues pertaining to…

UMD Statement on Formation of Macedonia’s New Government

UMD Statement on Formation of Macedonia’s New Government

As a leading non-governmental, non-political organization, founded in 2004, working to promote Macedonia and the Macedonian diaspora outside of our homeland, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) welcomes the peaceful transition of power that occurred today in Macedonia and wishes the new government much success in performing their duties. UMD will work with this government, as it has worked with previous…

Canadian National Defence Committee Vice-Chair Bryon Wilfert Urges Support of Macedonia

November 18, 2010 – Ottawa, Canada – On November 10, 2010, Canadian Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on National Defence, Mr. Bryon Wilfert (Liberal Party) sent a letter to The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada urging further Canadian support of Macedonia’s NATO membership.  “Canada should make clear that such a bilateral issue…

UMD Rejects Any Compromise Over Macedonia’s Name

Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) has been closely following the recent decision by the Macedonian government to rename its main airport in Skopje to ‘Alexander the Great International Airport.’ Negative remarks made by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis threatening to block Macedonia’s NATO and EU memberships, are nonconstructive and do little to…

Senate Passes NATO Freedom Consolidation Act

Source: Senator Lugar’s website U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar announced unanimous Senate passage last night of S. 4014, the NATO Freedom Consolidation Act of 2006. The goal of this bill is to reaffirm U.S. support for continued enlargement of NATO to democracies that are able and willing to meet the responsibilities of membership. Specifically, the legislation calls…

UMDiaspora Representatives Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia

Washington, D.C. – United Macedonian Diaspora representatives, Metodija A. Koloski, Denis Manevski, and Marina Veljanovska, met yesterday with United States Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia, Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic to discuss U.S.-Macedonian relations. UMDiaspora expressed gratitude over the U.S. Government’s continued policy in referring to Macedonia by its constitutional name, noting its dissatisfaction over the Greek Foreign Minister’s warning yesterday…

UMDiaspora Pleased With Conduct of Elections; Wishes New Government Success

Read this Press Release in Macedonian by clicking HERE. Release No. 06-07/12 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora is pleased with the democratic and peaceful conduct of the July 5, 2006 parliamentary elections in the Republic of Macedonia. We congratulate the citizens of Macedonia for furthering Macedonia’s goals of joining NATO and the European Union. All Macedonian citizens must…

Madeleine Albright Agrees With Us

Madeleine Albright Agrees With Us

In a speech on May 13, 2015 at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on “Before and After Dayton: Bosnia’s Past and Its European Future,” former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that Greece’s dispute over Macedonia’s name is the crazies of crazies of international disputes in response to a question posed by UMD President Metodija A. Koloski.…

UK Minister of Europe Responds to Macedonia/NATO Questions

Last week, in the United Kingdom House of Commons, Dr. Liam Fox, Member of Parliament for North Somerset, United Kingdom, posed three questions about Macedonia’s NATO membership and the progress on resolving the “name dispute.” On March 27th, Mr. David Lidington, Member of Parliament for Aylesbury and Minister for Europe of the United Kingdom responded. The questions and answers can…

Macedonia’s Name and Identity Are Sacrosanct – The Charade of “Negotiations” With Greece Must End Now

The Republic of Macedonia is recognized as such (or as “Macedonia”) by more than 135 nations. Nonetheless, for over 20 years, Macedonia has too patiently entertained Greece’s canard that Macedonia should “negotiate” over its name. What a waste of time and precious resources that has been. So, what to do? UMD has the answer: Macedonia should immediately and permanently cease…

UMD: U.S./NATO Full Support of a Stable Ukraine Equals a Secure Europe

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is deeply concerned with the current instability facing Ukraine, especially following the recent annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. During these trying times for the Ukrainian people, UMD strongly urges U.S., NATO, and EU leaders to offer clear and full support to Ukraine, particularly the necessary aid packages to help alleviate the economic burdens,…

UMD Completes Visit to Brussels and Macedonia/ECME Participates in 2013 NPLD Conference

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) President Metodija A. Koloski traveled to Belgium and Macedonia February 11-27, 2013.  While in Brussels, Koloski was joined by UMD Stuttgart, Germany Representative Goce Peroski, UMD Greece Representative Eugenia Natsoulidou, and UMD Netherlands Representative Filip Altiparmakovski.  UMD strongly believes that investing in engaging in high-level diplomacy yields valuable insights and productive outcomes in support of…