US Congressman Calls For Macedonia To Be Partitioned

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As if the first partition of Macedonia wasn’t enough, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher decided to call for the further partition of Macedonia, saying “I am sorry to say but it is not a state. Kosovars and Albanians in Macedonia should become part of Kosovo.

FILE – In this July 17, 2007 file photo, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary hearing on the prosecution of Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, two former Border Patrol agents imprisoned for shooting a drug smuggler in the backside as he sprinted toward Mexico. Rohrabacher’s suggestion Friday, June 10, 2011, during a trip to Baghdad, that Iraq repay the United States for the money it has spent in the country has stirred anger, with an Iraqi lawmaker ridiculing the idea as “stupid” and others saying Iraqis should be compensated for the hardships they’ve endured. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

The other part of Macedonia should become part of Bulgaria, or whatever country they allege to belong.” The country that Macedonians belong to, Mr. Rohrabacher, is Macedonia – an age-old nation and deservedly, a state. As the US media likes to say lately, you’ve “double-downed” on your expression of ignorance. Further, you’ve continued previous US administrations’ enabling of Albanian irredentism and insurgency.

An apology is not enough. MHRMI demands not only your resignation, but your reprimand as well. The US has executed, quite literally, a disastrous and divisive foreign policy for seven decades. One of President Trump’s core campaign messages was to end US foreign interventionism. Rep. Christopher Smith took the positive step of initiating a Congressional investigation into the US Embassy in Macedonia’s interference, and stoking of civil unrest, in its attempt to overthrow the democratically-elected Macedonian government. This interference has caused a tremendous amount of instability and political unrest in the country.

Mr. Rohrabacher, Macedonia was partitioned in 1913 among Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and later, Albania. Each country began campaigns of violent assimilation or extermination in their attempt to eradicate the existence of Macedonians. Persecution of Macedonians continues today. Before and after Macedonia’s partition, large waves of Macedonian immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, escaping oppression and in search of freedom. A quick search of US immigration documents from the 1800s and 1900s shows these individuals’ nationality as – Macedonian. Simple “Made in the USA” proof that Macedonia wasn’t an “idea” that was conceived “30 years ago” as you stated – to an Albanian TV station. Mr. Rohrabacher, your blatant disrespect of American values, and complete ignorance of basic principles of foreign policy, history, and simple civil and human rights disqualifies you from holding public office.

President Trump, MHRMI calls on you to fulfill your campaign pledge and end all meddling in Macedonia. Denounce the UN-sponsored and US-supported name negotiations, which is aimed at changing Macedonia’s historic name and which has subsequently wreaked havoc throughout the region. Proclaim that Macedonia’s name is – and always has been – Macedonia. The United States recognized Macedonia in 2004. 2017 is the, long overdue, year that the US must proclaim its unwavering support for the most basic of human rights – end the name negotiations now.

Source: Macedonian Human Rights Movement International

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3 COMMENTS

  1. “We are Macedonians but we are Slav Macedonians. That’s who we are! We have no connection to Alexander the Great and his Macedonia. The ancient Macedonians no longer exist, they had disappeared from history long time ago. Our ancestors came here in the 5th and 6th century (AD).” Kiro Gligorov – the first president elect of Fyrom

  2. the quicker they give the Albanians what they want with their official language demands the better off this so called country will be. The social democrats should form a coalition with the Albanian parties and rid them of the irredentist and corrupt VMRO-DPMNE party. Name change should be demanded by the EU and Slavic culture should be promoted again. “We are Macedonians but we are Slav Macedonians. That’s who we are! We have no connection to Alexander the Great and his Macedonia. The ancient Macedonians no longer exist, they had disappeared from history long time ago. Our ancestors came here in the 5th and 6th century (AD).” Kiro Gligorov – the first president elect of Fyrom

  3. Oh look. Another article that rants about greeks and ignores the former Yugolsavians recent quick change of identity into ancient Macedonians”. Bill Nicholov once again “forgets” that in 1913 there was no “Macedonian” state to partition. He also “forgets” that in 1913 the majority of inhabitents in Skopje still self-identified as ethnic Bulgarians.

    This website clearly has no objectivity. The owner or editor seems to be personal friends with former Yugoslavian Bill Niholov. Every article that involves former Yugoslavians ends up in a rant about Greeks and former Yugoslavians as “victims”/

    Nicholov is a fake “human rights’ activist.. He never talks about human rights at all. All he talks about is how former Yugoslavians are “victims” or finding ways to demonize Greeks. . MHRMI is simply a racist ultra nationalist front that just includes the words “human rights” in its name to fool good meaning people

    If this website keeps tolerating Nicholov’s racist rants, Greeks should should look to lodge a formal complaint with the Guyanese government.

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