A new House resolution has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Maloney and Congressman Bilirakis.
Read RESOLUTION HR 650

 

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A BRIEF HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

The Slavs came in the Balkans in the 6th century A.D., almost one thousand years after Alexander the Great’s death. Upon their arrival in the area their utmost desire was an exit to the Aegean Sea and later on the warm port of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, after Athens. Thessaloniki is also the capital of Greece’s north most province, Macedonia. Many conflicts occurred in the area throughout the centuries due to this longing of the Slavs and a lot of blood was shed.
Former Yugoslavia’s southernmost part was called Vardarska Banovina prior to 1944. It was in 1944 that Marshal Joseph Broz Tito, the principal political leader of Yugoslavia at that time, created Yugoslavia’s southern republic and called it “People’s Republic of Macedonia”. However, “Macedonia” was already the name of one of Greece’s northern provinces. After 1944 a deliberate and systematic campaign was initiated for Yugoslavia’s southern republic to usurp the history of ancient Macedonia in order to lay claim to lands in Greece and elsewhere. In September of 1991 the southern part of the broken up Yugoslavia named itself “Republic of Macedonia” and declared itself as a new independent country. Greece objected to their use of the name Macedonia as <Macedonia> was since antiquity and still continues to be an integral part of the Greek culture/world.
Geographic Macedonia is within the borders of at least three countries. Only a small portion of geographic Macedonia lies within the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), whose population is one-third Albanian and two-thirds Slavic in origin. The largest part of geographic Macedonia lies within Greece in the Greek province of Macedonia.

Because of this objection, the United Nations accepted this nation as a new member with a temporary name of “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (the FYROM) until a permanent name is found between Greece and its northern neighbor. To this date no solution has been found due to the FYROM’s ultranationalist stance.Moreover, FYROM promulgates propaganda in which it claims portions of Greek territory and usurps Greek national identity and culture in conflict with European values. FYROM’s actions are a breach of the U.N.-brokered Interim Accord and erode efforts to build trust and good neighborly relations.

 
ACTION *
We urge you to contact your U.S. representative and request him/her to co-sponsor H.Res.650.
  • Please contact your Representative’s office today.
  • Ask to speak with the Legislative Director or Foreign Affairs Legislative Assistant.
  • Advise them you are a constituent, calling from [city or town] and that you’d like the representative’s support by co-sponsoring H.Res.650.
  • Advise the Congressional staff person to contact Congresswoman Maloney’s or Congressman Bilirakis’ office to sign on as a co-sponsor.
TALKING POINTS
  • Greece strongly supports the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of FYROM having not only acquiesced to but also supported its status as a candidate country for accession to the EU and to its joining the Membership Action Plan of NATO.
  • FYROM’s irredentist and provocative acts toward Greece are clear violations of the 1995 Interim Accord between Greece and FYROM and these acts demonstrate that FYROM is unwilling to demonstrate good faith toward its neighbor Greece; a condition which must exist for the two countries to come together and resolve the name issue, and ultimately, for FYROM to attain NATO membership.
  • Simply stated, FYROM cannot join NATO until it resolves its differences with NATO Alliance members Greece, Bulgaria, and Albania.
CONTACT BY TELEPHONE
  • Contact your members of Congress by telephone by dialing the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202.224-3121.
CONTACT BY EMAIL/INTERNET
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