Tag: Macedonia

Macedonia Elected to United Nations Human Rights Council

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates Macedonia on being elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for 2014-2016. “UMD is pleased that Macedonia’s track record in human rights protection was recognized today by 177 UN member-states,” said UMD President Metodija A. Koloski. “Being one of the 47 members of the UNHRC will offer Macedonia an…

UMD Commends EC’s Macedonia Progress Report, Urges Opening Accession Talks

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commends the fifth consecutive progress report by the European Commission on Macedonia, which suggests that Macedonia should immediately without delay start accession negotiations with the EU. UMD joins the European Commission in urging the European Council to make the right decision this December. In 2001, Macedonia was the first country to sign a EU Stabilization…

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…

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 Advisory Council Member Jerry Naumoff Becomes New Macedonian Minister for Attracting Foreign Direct Investment

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is proud to announce that earlier this week Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski appointed UMD Advisory Council Member and Macedonian Companion Jerry Naumoff, and confirmed by Macedonia’s Parliament on Wednesday, to become the new Macedonian Minister for Attracting Foreign Direct Investment.  Naumoff is the only U.S.-born Minister in the entire Macedonian government.   “Jerry has…

Call it Macedonia Letter to National Post Editor Published Today

On May 10, 2013, the National Post, one of Canada’s largest newspapers, published an article by Bert Archer titled “Yours to conquer: Macedonia is in the midst of an Alexander The Great rebranding.” Click here to read that piece. Jim Daikos, Director of United Macedonian Diaspora (Canada), sent a letter to the editor in response to this article, and the…

UMD Calls on The Hague Tribunal to Re-Open Four Cases from Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) has sent a letter to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), requesting that the Office of the Prosecutor resume its investigations in the four cases the ICTY returned to the Macedonian authorities in 2008. UMD sent this request as a response to the failure of the Macedonian judicial system to prosecute these…

UMD Calls on Bulgaria to Apologize for Deporting Macedonian Jews to Their Deaths During WWII

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorates with great sadness the 70th anniversary of Bulgaria’s mass deportation of virtually all of Macedonia’s Jewish community to its death during World War II.   UMD calls on the Bulgarian government to recognize publicly that, as a direct result of Bulgaria’s fascist government’s collaboration with Nazi Germany, 7,144 Macedonian Jews were deported to the…

UMD Thanks the Czech Republic for Recognizing Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is pleased to announce that the Czech Republic is the 135th country in the world to recognize Macedonia by its constitutional name.  Following the Hungarian recognition in December 2012, the Czech Republic becomes the 16th EU member-state to recognize Macedonia’s constitutional name.    Macedonia and the Czech Republic have enjoyed bilateral relations long before 1991.…

Macedonian Army’s New Boss: “Defense Minister Forina”

Macedonian Army’s New Boss: “Defense Minister Forina”

News of Talat Xhaferi’s appointment to Minister of Defense of Macedonia is being met with dismay across the worldwide Macedonian Diaspora community.  The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) expressed its deepest concern and regret regarding the appointment of Xhaferi, known as “Commandant Forina” during the ethnic Albanian terrorist attacks on Macedonian armed forces and civilians in 2001. “The ARM (Army of…

Macedonia Name Issue Brought Up During Kerry Confirmation Hearing

Video: http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/nomination-01-24-2013 Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire stated the following during today’s confirmation hearing of U.S. Secretary of State nominee Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts (minute 2:14:45): “I wanted to raise a final point about the Western Balkans, with so much conflict going on across the Middle East and Northern Africa, we forget that not to long ago…