UMD Statement on Comments by Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) condemns the recent comments by Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, who accused Macedonia of “irredentist and provocative behavior,” for merely “referencing,” the existence of a Macedonian language and identity.

UMD categorically rejects these comments and the unfair treatment to which Macedonia and Macedonians have been subjected. UMD calls on the international community to support and affirm the inviolable rights of the Macedonian people to their own distinct language, culture, and identity. Self-determination is a foundation of international, democratic society and these rights must be respected.

The way forward for both Macedonia and Greece must depend on mutual respect, recognition, and dignity for all parties.

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