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Stop the misappropriation of a great part of Greek history by FYROM

After the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991, its southern-most republic declared its independence under the name Republic of Macedonia. This was immediately rejected by Greece as it constituted misappropriation of a great part of Greece's historical heritage. Greece through the UN managed to secure recognition of the country with the temporary name of FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) pending negotiations between FYROM and Greece for a final resolution to the naming dispute.

After 16 years of negotiations no bilaterally accepted formula has been reached. Greece has acknowledged the right of FYROM to exist and has backed this with actions. Greece is FYROM’s primary investor, with Greek companies creating jobs and giving the “kiss of life” to its ailing economy. On the contrary, FYROM has increasingly exhibited a rigid and at the same time provocative stance. FYROM has misappropriated Greek symbols such as the star of Vergina (Vergina Sun, the star in this cause’s sign) and has continued its propaganda through its educational system, creating perhaps its first generation of true believers in its falsified history.

The attempt to associate this republic with ancient Macedonia was and remains ludicrous. The historic gap of 2100 years is too vast. There is no historic continuity.

For more information on the subject please see the discussion topics at the group created for this cause at: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=30741515008

Countries that have recognized FYROM as “Republic of Macedonia”, include the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Canada, its five sister former Yugoslav republics (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro), Turkey, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania.

Countries that continue to deal with FYROM as FYROM, include Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Australia.

Any support for this cause through emails and letters to ministries of external affairs or equivalent government bodies of countries, irrespective of the name by which they deal with FYROM, is more than welcome.

Since the naming dispute has not been resolved, any recognition by any name must be considered temporary, pending final resolution.

In April 2008, FYROM is supposed to become a full member of NATO. Greece reserves the right to veto FYROM’s accession, unless FYROM shows some good will in the talks over its name. (note: In April 2008, at the NATO summit held in Bucharest, Greece exercised its right and vetoed FYROM's accession to NATO).

FYROM also wishes to become a full member of the European Union. Greece again reserves the right to veto FYROM’s accession, unless FYROM shows some good will in the talks over its name.

The name must not include the word Macedonia.

*** People interested in this cause are encouraged to read the Wikipedia articles “Macedonia naming dispute”, “Macedonia (terminology)”, “Macedonia (region)” ***

1. FYROM must abandon any claim to the name Macedonia

2. FYROM must abandon any claim of historical connection to ancient Macedonia

3. FYROM’s accession to NATO and the EU must be vetoed by Greece, unless good will is shown towards resolving the naming dispute.