Australian Macedonian Advisory Council (AMAC) letter to Premier Mr. Rann

Wednesday, 10th February 2010

Dear Hon. Mike Rann MP (Premier of South Australia),

I hope this letter finds you well and in good health. I am writing to offer my sincerest appreciation in your continual dauntless and unwavering support of matters deemed of the utmost importance to the Greek-Australian community.

The last instance was a courageous speech given at the Demetria Festival in November of last year in which you asserted that “no one is entitled to steal another nation’s history or culture” and condemned Mr Ivanov of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) for his pursuit of fallacies and misinformation. As a consequence of the aforementioned axiom, your government will remain ‘firm and unswerving” in its support of the Hellenic plight.

As you are clearly aware, the FYROM insists on violating international practices prescribed by the U.N by casting its dark veil of propaganda over the masses in campaigns of outright malevolence against the integrity and importance of Hellenic history in southern Europe. For the sake of their own survival in the Balkan region, they deliberately mislead and misinform their own people on historical matters. Furthermore, an absence of natural curiosity for self-investigation on the part of many people and the inertia of the Hellenic Republic in disambiguating the matter has precipitated a climate conducive to dangerous activities both in Australia and abroad.

Your lengthy dissertations on historical truth and your endless pursuit of it are a breath of fresh air amidst the staleness of unjust activities which sometimes recall wartime propaganda. Any serious historian or scholar involved in critical inquiry will be able to honestly disclose the inextricable link between the kingdom of Ancient Macedonia (of which the legacy of Alexander the Great and the Macedonian kings formed a critical part) and modern Greece. The modern Hellenes are indisputably the rightful heirs of the Ancient Macedonian culture, and the history of Macedonia (the geographical region) is an integral part of Hellenic civilisation–its actors were the Macedonian Greeks, from before Alexander the Great to the Greeks of the Byzantine Empire and the contemporary ones. (

The AMAC encourages you to continue to disclose the truth of the matter publically, stressing the Hellenic descent of Alexander the Great and of ancient Macedonia at appropriate times and venues. Your ongoing support for the true representation of Hellenic history and culture in Australia do not go unnoticed by all members of the Greek Diaspora who stand before you in awe and admiration.

My sincerest regards,

Paul Kiritsis

Executive Director

Australian Macedonian Advisory Council

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