Tag: Greece

On World Refugee Day, UMD Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws from 1980s

On World Refugee Day, UMD Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws from 1980s

On World Refugee Day, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorates the 71st anniversary of the mass exodus of Macedonian children refugees (the Deca Begalci) from Greece. On this important day, UMD reiterates its call on Greece to repeal the Greek laws that discriminate against Macedonians and to afford the Macedonian children refugees of the Greek Civil War the right to…

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.…

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 Marks World Refugee Day, Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws

UMD Marks World Refugee Day, Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws

On World Refugee Day, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorates the 70th anniversary since the plight and mass exodus of thousands of Macedonian children, called “Deca Begalci,” that were forcefully expelled by Greek army forces during the Greek Civil War, which started in 1944 and lasted till 1949. UMD calls upon Greece to recognize the inhumane treatment of these Macedonians…

Danish Foreign Minister on Greece-Macedonia Name Dispute

On May 6th, the Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard delivered a speech titled “Ukraine and the New European (Clean) Energy Debate” at Washington, D.C.’s Brookings Institution. During the question and answer session, UMD President Metodija A. Koloski posed a question of Foreign Minister Lidegaard on his efforts to help resolve the Greece-Macedonia name dispute. Click here for the audio. Below…

Petition to Greek Prime Minister to Protect Minority/Regional Languages

On February 7 2014, Eugenia Natsoulidou, Administrator of the Educative and Cultural Movement of Edessa, and UMD Greece Representative, sent the Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras a petition that calls for the protection of the Macedonian language and culture of the Macedonian community in Greece. The petition urges for the ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority…

UMD: Time for Greek Leadership

In the lead up to tomorrow’s visit to Macedonia by the Greek Foreign Minister and current EU Council President Evangelos Venizelos, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) strongly believes that it is time for a sincere display of Greek leadership on the future of Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration. “It takes two to tango and the status quo just isn’t doing it anymore,”…

UMD Statement on Joint Greece-Serbia EU Press Conference

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) expresses concern over the statements made by Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic at the joint EU-Serbia press conference in Brussels this past Tuesday, January 21, 2014. In response to a question by EurActiv whether Serbia could act as a facilitator in relations between Greece and Macedonia, Dacic jokingly stated,…

UMD Urges European Council to Act on Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) urges the European Council to open negotiations with the Republic of Macedonia at its coming meeting on 19/12/2013. Macedonia has been a candidate for EU membership since 2005 and fulfills all criteria to the start negotiations. Taking into account the internal and external difficulties it has faced in the past two decades, the Republic of…

UMD Promotes Macedonian Language Preservation in Dublin, Ireland

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) Greece Representative Eugenia Natsoulidou attended the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) Steering Committee Seminar, which was held on October 17-18, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Natsoulidou, as the representative of the Educative and Cultural Movement of Edessa, attended the Seminar in an effort to shed light on the dire state of the Macedonian language in…

UMD Strongly Rejects Greek PM’s Comments on Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), as one of the leading voices for Macedonians worldwide, strongly rejects Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ comments that Greece is the only constructive partner towards reaching a solution on the name issue. The Greek PM further noted that the neighboring countries, Albania and Bulgaria, could attest to Greece’s supposed constructiveness. The comments by the Greek…