By Demitri Stathopoulos
Not so long ago over two million Macedonians rarely had to add the qualifier “Greek” to describe themselves. It was like saying Cypriot. Or Athenian. Or Spartan. Greece was implicit. Today when they say it people often assume they are from Vardar … aka the Socialist Republic of Macedonia… aka the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)…. aka….?
How did this happen?
You have likely heard various arguments from both sides of the fence. As most people can’t read Greek or Latin to validate the historical record and both sides claim to be victims of attempted genocide… how is one to objectively decide who is the propagandist and who is the victim?
For my first post to the American Chronicle (which provides us this wonderful opportunity to try fighting this battle in words rather than weapons) I’d rather not focus on preaching to you Greek claims. Instead I humbly request that you the reader, carefully consider the identity claims uttered by various FYROM officials in detail for yourself.
The way I think best achieve this in a simple manner is by remembering each time you hear or read some FYROM national imply they are culturally related to ancient Macedonians (and use ancient Macedonian symbols)… to please consider these quotes by FYROM’s own public officials that stated otherwise while they were still seeking recognition from the global community.
FYROM’s first President, Kiro Gligorov (February 26, 1992)
“We are Slavs who came to this area in the sixth century (AD)… we are not descendants of the ancient Macedonians. ”
FYROM Foreign Minister Denko Maleski (1991 to 1993)
“The idea that Alexander the Great belongs to us was at the mind of some outsider groups only. These groups were insignificant in the first years of our independence. But the big problem is that the old Balkan nations have been learned to legitimate themselves through their history. In the Balkans to be recognized as a nation you need to have history of 2,000 to 3,000 years old. Since you (Greece ) forced us to invent a history, we did invent it.”
FYROM’S Ambassador in Washington, Mrs. Ljubica Acevshka (January 22 1999)
“We do not claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great.”
FYROM´s Ambassador to Canada Gyordan Veselinov (24 February 1999)
“We are not related to the northern Greeks who produced leaders like Philip and Alexander the Great. We are a Slav people and our language is closely related to Bulgarian.” He also commented “there is some confusion about the identity of the people of this country.”
Source: American Chronicle
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