Greek Americans Launch Global Petition for ‘Macedonia’ Name Change

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Pictured with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios (center) are (L to R) Sophia Stroumbakis (executive secretary), Dimitris Filippidis (supreme secretary), Dimitris Chatzis (supreme president), Stelios Kirimlis (supreme vice-president), and Fotis Gerasopoulos (past president). 

With the slogan “This is not your name,” the Pan-Macedonian Association USA has started a global campaign collecting signatures via the Internet, in order to revoke the decision of the Bush administration in 2004 to temporarily recognize Skopje as “Macedonia.”

The Pan-Macedonian Association has secured the support of Archbishop Demetrios of America and the largest Greek-American organization, AHEPA. The organization launched the first stage of the project in April last year, collecting dozens of thousands of signatures “offline” from concerned American citizens (of Greek and non-Greek origin), and now is escalating the campaign.

“We continue to support the efforts of the Pan-Macedonian Association and particularly their new initiative to collect signatures on a petition which will ask for the reversal of recognition of FYROM with the name Macedonia,” said a press release from the office of Archbishop Demetrios.

“We are ready. We have all the arguments we need and the support of Archbishop Demetrios, who is also honorary president of our organization. We are aware of the changing geostrategic interests in the wider area around Greece and the interests of our two homelands,” says President of the Pan-Macedonian Association USA Dimitris Chatzis.

The organization calls on the global community to sign the petition not only in Greece’s interest but also for the restoration of historical heritage and the truth.

See the petition below:

WE, the undersigned, citizens and residents of the United States of America and of countries around the world interested in advancing American interests in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean and regional stability, petition the Obama administration to: REVERSE the Executive Order by the Bush Administration of 2004, recognizing the country of the “FYROM” as “Republic of Macedonia.”

Background

The recognition of the F.Y.R.O.M. as “Republic of Macedonia” by the Bush Administration was intended to assist the stability in the country in relation with the Albanians, and other minorities. Instead of stability, the recognition of the country by the United States as “The Republic of Macedonia” assisted the ethnocentric Slav led government to use it as a tool to enact despotic laws and autocratic practices such as restriction of the Press and imprisonment of political prisoners.

Furthermore, for various reasons, F.Y.R.O.M. continually provokes its neighbors and especially Greece. It has perceived the U.S. recognition as approval and encouragement for its identity theft and identity fraud. Since its recognition by the United States, as “The Republic of Macedonia,” the F.Y.R.O.M. has increased its inimical and provocative actions against Greece, driven by their ill perceived “national goals” of expansionism at the expense of Greece.
F.Y.R.O.M.’s continued provocative and irresponsible narrative fuels their domestic nationalism and regional instability, creates unpredictable conditions for the region and indeed the world.
Taking into consideration the above, WE, the undersigned American citizens interested in advancing American interests in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean and regional stability, petition the Obama administration to reverse the Executive Order by the Bush Administration of 2004, recognizing the country of the “FYROM” as “Republic of Macedonia.”
For more information, visit http://macedonia-evidence.org, or to sign the petition click here.