Thursday, September 23, 2010



The name dispute is unnecessary and unfounded, since Macedonia was called the same in the time of former Yugoslavia and this did not cause any problems then, says former U.S. Secretary of State, Lawrence Eagleburger.

"The country that is now named Macedonia was called the same during its existence as a republic within the former Yugoslavia. Did this fact lead to serious problems between Greece and Yugoslavia or between Greece and the Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia? There were misunderstandings now and then, but they never reached a point when they would pose a threat to peace in the region. Is there anything more immature and more foolish than 'blackmailing' a nation by denying its membership in international organizations, which goal is to preserve the peace and protect their members from aggression of non-members", says Eagleburger in an interview with NTV station.

Pertaining to Greek accusations that Macedonia is creating 'antiquisation', Eagleburger stresses it has no right to make the antique Macedonian history its own.

"Greece claims that Macedon or Macedonia, as well as Alexander of Macedonia are its own. This is a false claim and it is time someone confirms this. The Antique Greeks considered Macedonia a half-civilized region, representing a source of raw materials and nothing more. Macedonia's rise in the time of Phillip and his son Alexander was greeted with opposition, resulting in a defeat of several cities. Phillip and Alexander were considered tyrants who destroy Greeks' freedom. The claims of modern Greeks that the antique kingdom of Macedon was their own ignores a historic fact", adds Eagleburger.

Due to these facts, he cannot accept the validity of Greece's request for ownership of name Macedonia.

"Ancient Greeks had never been eager in claiming Macedonia was theirs and they never accepted either Phillip or Alexander as their own legitimate rulers. The Greek claim about Macedonia is based on historically incorrect information and are therefore not fact-based", says the former U.S. Secretary of State.

Eagleburger has sympathies for the Macedonian people, although he realizes it is not wise for a foreigner to interfere with internal affairs of two states.

"However, my excitement from the strength of character that the Macedonian people has demonstrated in the course of this debate justifies the fact of my taking sides", underlines Lawrence Eagleburger in the NTV interview.


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Thursday, September 09, 2010



Recently, the world's most famous DJ, Tiësto, the kind young man as he is, put up a photograph of the Macedonian flag(pictured at the right) on his facebook profile with a comment underneath which said; I like the Macedonian flag. Macedonian Tiësto fans were suprised and flattered to see that photo and to see that Tiësto likes our flag. That made many Macedonians even a little proud of course.

But then, the Greeks... aah well, the Greeks were just being the Greeks. That means a bunch of hysterical trouble makers. When the Greeks on facebook noticed he had put up the flag, Tiësto got so many hateful comments on his profile. Soon the facebook profile of Tiësto turned into a political hatred forum with a very heated discussion full of insults towards Macedonia and towards Tiësto.

Probably because of that Tiësto or his management decided to remove the photo from his photo album. Why? Isn't that ridiculous? Tiësto just wanted to post a picture and to share something. He doesn't give a damn about the political issues, he probably doesnt even know what it's all about. The nice guy just likes a flag!

That spotlight was quickly turned off because of the well known Greek hysteria. That hysteria has even become so worse that Tiësto can't even post a normal picture anymore and because of that hysteria, we Macedonians can't even enjoy being in the spotlight a bit and enjoy seeing Tiësto liking our flag.

Of course its a small example but it clearly shows how ridiculous this is. They forced Tiësto to take the photo down. For how long will this cultural genocide go on?


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Wednesday, September 08, 2010



The Republic of Macedonia celebrates Wednesday its 19th anniversary since the successful referendum, at which Macedonian citizens voted for independent and sovereign state.

A convincing majority exceeding 95 percent of citizens who came out at the referendum on September 8, 1991 responded positively at the referendum question - 'Are you in favor of independent Macedonia with the right of its accession in a future alliance of sovereign Yugoslav states?'

The results from the referendum were preceded by the adopted Declaration for Independence at the first multi party Macedonian Parliament on January 25, 1991.

The will of the people for independent state was confirmed with the declaration for acceptance of the results from the referendum on September 18, 1991 at the Macedonian Parliament.

The next important step in strengthening of the state was the adoption of the Constitution on November 17, 1991, which was supplemented after the 2001 conflict and signing of the Ohrid Framework Agreement.

The international-legal status of the state was definitely confirmed by an acclamation of the United Nations General Assembly on April 8, 1993, when Macedonia was admitted as the 181st full-fledged UN member. However, due to Greece's opposition and pressure regarding the constitutional name, the UN accession was carried out under interim reference Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Talks for overcoming of the name dispute are still ongoing under UN auspices.

Macedonia today has already established diplomatic relations with 160 states worldwide and is recognised under its constitutional name by 125 countries, three of which members of the UN Security Council - China, Russian Federation and the USA.

The 19 years of Macedonia's independence did not pass without problems and difficulties. Three-digit inflation at the beginning of the 1990s, the Greek embargo, Kosovo refugee crisis and 2001 conflict were real challenges and threats to a young Macedonian state which hindered her way in accomplishing the strategic goals - strengthening of democracy and integration in Euro-Atlantic structures. In 2005 Macedonia gained EU candidate status. Process of approximation of Macedonian legislation with EU legislation, power decentralisation and defence reforms marked recent years.

Despite meeting all criteria for full-fledged membership in NATO at the Bucharest Summit in April 2008, the Republic of Macedonia received only conditional membership invitation after Greece - due to the name dispute - used the right of veto and blocked the accession.

Macedonia celebrates its 19th anniversary in light of the new report from Brussels on the country's progress on the road to European integration, as well as date for start of EU membership talks.

Independence Day is celebrated with numerous ceremonies and events. Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanovski organised reception Tuesday evening in the parliament and the Macedonian Army marked Independence Day by firing 10-gun salute in Skopje's Ilinden barracks.

Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanovski and MANU President, the academician Georgi Stardelov will address Wednesday evening the formal academy marking the September 8, Macedonia's Independence Day.


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