Thursday, March 08, 2007

Burns: NATO membership for Albania, Macedonia, Croatia is key priority

Fried: Kosovo status should be resolved by end of year
Southeast European Times

Kosovo Plan Leaves Albanians and Serbs at Loggerheads
BIRN - 1 hour ago
While the Albanian majority in the towns of Bujanovac and Presevo welcomed the proposal drawn up by Martti Ahtisaari, which offers Kosovo the trappings of statehood, Serbs feel disgruntled. Local Albanians praised the plan hoping it will pave the way ...
Albanian Students Face Uphill Battle for Higher Education BIRN
Kosovo: mobile operator licence signed - 1 hour ago
Prishtina, 8 march 2007 - Telekom Slovenija - IpkoNet Consortium has officially been announced winner of the license for the second mobile telephony operator in Kosovo. Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku, Head of TRA Anton Berisha and representatives of ...
Telekom Slovenia becomes second mobile operator in Kosovo Monsters and
ROUNDUP: Telekom Slovenia becomes second mobile operator in Kosovo EUX.TV

Ahtisaari’s revised plan is a good basis for Kosovo
Focus News - 1 hour ago
The revised plan of UN special envoy for the Kosovo status Martti Ahtisaari is a good basis for finding a solution to the issue, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Daniel Fried said during talks with Macedonian President ...
AP: Serbia reaffirms stand against UN plan for Kosovo Focus News
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Kosovo Winery Institute inaugurated - 1 hour ago
Rahovec, 8 March 2007 - The Kosovo Winery Institute was inaugurated yeterday in the town of Rahovec, known for long winemaking tradition.

Lawmakers oppose possible pay cuts for Guard soldiers in Kosovo
WKBT - 5 hours ago
MINNEAPOLIS The Pentagon is considering combat pay cuts for soldiers serving in peacekeeping missions in Kosovo -- just as members of a Minnesota National Guard battalion are about to be shipped there.
MN Guard soldiers heading to Kosovo WKBT
Kosovo: no more subsidies for energy - 1 hour ago
According to Dida the subsidies should instead be allocated to the health and education sectors. “Kosovo cannot enter the new independence stage with this huge burden in the energy sector, which is absorbing the scarce resources needed in other sectors ...

Balkans Set to Experience Tourism Boost in 2007
Newswire Today (press release) - 34 minutes ago
NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom, 03/08/2007 - Bulgaria and Romania’s inclusion into the European Union in 2007 is expected to result in a major boost to tourism for Eastern Europe, and in particular the Balkans region, ...

Interhome Store Chain to Appear in the Balkans
Property Xpress (subscription) - Mar 7, 2007
07-03-07, 15:27, (Property Xpress) - Interhome, a Belgian-based company operating on the DIY market in Eastern Europe is to launch several outlets in Romania this year.

Albania: Police seizes 27 kg of drugs
dtt-net - 4 hours ago
(Tirana, DTT-NET.COM)-Albanian police has arrested two citizens suspected being involved in drugs network after seizing 25 kg of heroine and cocaine in an apartment in capital of Tirana.
US lawmakers call for NATO entry of Albania, Croatia, Macedonia dtt-net

Burns: NATO membership for Albania, Macedonia, Croatia is key priority
Southeast European Times - Mar 6, 2007
Albania, Croatia and Macedonia's entry into NATO in 2008 or 2009 should be a priority, according to US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns.

Montenegro, Croatia close to agreement on war reparations
Southeast European Times - 2 hours ago
Croatia, which has been seeking reparations for wartime damages, may take a softer approach to newly independent Montenegro, accepting shares in state companies instead of monetary compensation.

Sofia Echo - 5 hours ago
The publication quoted a report on risks related to Bulgaria that a private bank requested. According to CQ Borissov was connected to nearly 30 unresolved public murders.
Sofia Mayor is linked to biggest mobsters in Bulgaria: US report Focus News

European Court imposes EUR 90.000 fines to Macedonia
Makfax - 3 hours ago
Macedonia is to pay 90.000 euros in fines on the basis of rulings of the European Court of Human Rights relating violation of the right to trial within reasonable time, Macedonian Helsinki Committee announced.

Macedonia: Government, E. Albanian opposition meet to ease tensions
dtt-net - 4 hours ago
(Skopje, DTT-NET.COM)-Macedonian government leaders and opposition met yesterday in presence of EU and US envoys attempting to ease political tensions in the country on several outstanding issues, but no deal was reached at the first talks since last ...

NATO Secretary General Reminds Serbia Of Its Obligations - 5 hours ago
Scheffer said it was of vital importance for Belgrade to realize that "Serbia's entrance into the Partnership for Peace has not lessened the importance of full cooperation" with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
YouTube asking Turkey to restore access to site
International Herald Tribune - 2 hours ago
PARIS: A ban on YouTube in Turkey has followed a week of what the media dubbed a "virtual war" of videos between Greeks and Turks on YouTube and came as governments around the world - including France �-rappled with the freewheeling content now ...

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The truth about Macedonia...

• Simple answers to frequently used Slavic arguments
In this section we will attempt to answer a series of arguments used frequently to question the Greek identity of Macedonia.

"Greece officially denied the use of the name Macedonia after the Balkan wars."
This is a very inaccurate argument. There are several examples of state institutions and private businesses using the name Macedonia which operate in Greece since the early 1900s. These are just a few of them:

The "Macedonia" newspaper (1912)
The Society for Macedonian Studies (1939) [web site]
The museum of ancient Macedonia (1961) [web site]
The museum of the Macedonian struggle (1979) [web site]
Greece has been actively using the name Macedonia since its liberation from the Ottoman empire. If Greece's official position was to "deny the existence of Macedonia" how would it be possible for hundreds of private companies to be named after Macedonia?

"Greece has changed the "Macedonian" names of locations in the Macedonia region."
The Greek names are older than the Slavic ones and most of them have their roots in ancient Greece. The Greek names of the towns in Macedonia are also mentioned in the Bible. A characteristic example is Thessaloniki. This city was founded in 315 bc by the Macedonian king Kasssandros and it was named after Alexanders' half sister - Thessaloniki. How could the Greeks change the name from Solun (as the Slavs claim) to Thessaloniki in 1912 if that was the original name? The name Thessaloniki is even mentioned in the bible by St Paul. Why did he address his letters (epistoles) to the people of Thessaloniki and not the to the people of Solun?
What about the Greek names of towns inside FYROM used during the Ottoman times? Did Greece change them as well?

"Today's 'Greeks' and ancient 'Hellenes have no relation between them."
How is it possible for the people who live in the same region, speak the same language and have the same names and culture not to be descendants of the ancient inhabitants of the region? Similarly we could say that today's Egyptians are not descendants of ancient Egyptians and today's Chinese people are not descedants of ancient Chinese.
The name 'Greek' is in fact ancient as well as the famous philosopher Aristotelis verifies:
"...and she was not there forever, but after the cataclysm of Defkalion, which occurred in the Hellenic area, in fact, in the ancient Hellas, which was around Dodoni, and it changed many times the flow of Acheloos river. In that area live the Selloi and the ones that were once called Graecoi and are now called Hellenes..." [Aristotelis Meteorologika, I, 14]

"There is a large Macedonian minority in Greece"
There is no "Macedonian minority" in Greece because there is no such nationality. There is a small group of people who speak a Slavic dialect which is in fact different from what is claimed to be the "Macedonian language" These people are not a "Macedonian minority" as they consider themselves Greeks. There is also an even smaller group of Slav propagandists who are trying to create a Macedonian minority in Greece. Anyone who didn't consider him/herself Greek could and should have left Greece during the exchange of populations in 1919.

"One million people in Greece consider themselves Macedonians"
In the 1996 parliament elections in Greece the political party of the people who claim to be a "Macedonian minority" gained 3.485 votes (official result). In the 2000 parliament elections they didn't take up part at all. Of course there is no doubt of the integrity of the election procedures since Greece is a member of the European Union. If there was such a large number of "Macedonians" in Greece (1/10th) wouldn't be easy for them to stand up against the "Greek occupation"?

"Greece acquired illegally Aegean Macedonia in 1913"
Greece acquired 51% of Macedonia in 1913 as a result of the treaty of Bucharest. International treaties are not illegal. Furthermore Greece in 1913 was not a powerful country to acquire any land it desired. This land was "given" to Greece because it historically belonged to Greece and its residents were Greek.

"What gives Greece the right to name another country? This issue is straightforward, every country has the right to call itself whatever it wishes."
This is a misleading statement. The author knows very well why Greece is objecting to the use of the name Macedonia. In fact every country has the right to chose its own name as far as it does not belong to another country's history. The name Macedonia belongs to the Greek history. Greece has the right to protect its history and heritage.

"Saints Cyril and Methdje (or Kirl and Metodi) were not Greeks but Macedonians."
Saints Cyrilos and Methodios were Greeks born in Thessaloniki and this is well known to all Christians. Pope John Paul the B' in an official apostolic homily to the entire Catholic Church proclaimed that Methodius and Cyril "Greek brethren born in Thessaloniki" are consecrated as "heavenly protectors of Europe". John Paul B' repeated this statement in a speech delivered in the church of Saint Clements, in Rome. You can see the original document here.

"Greece stole the Macedonian history"
Greece does not 'steal' history. It has its own lengthy and respected history. It is the only thing that Greece has plenty of it. The Greek history and culture is respected by all the countries in the world. People who don't have their own history need to 'steal' someone else's...

"Linguistic science has at its disposal a very limited quantity of Macedonian words. A very limited quantity in this case is a quantity indeed, that Greeks cannot ignore."
This argument proves the Greek point that the "Macedonian language" was a Greek a dialect. There only exists "a limited quantity of Macedonian words" because the Macedonian dialect had "limited" differences from the Greek language.
How could it be possible for a separate "ancient Macedonian language" to disappeared after what Alexander had achieved?

"If Philip united and not conquered the Greeks why did Alexander leave 25.000 men of his army in Macedonia when he is about to face the strongest and most numerous army in the world?"
No sensible leader would go on a quest taking ALL his army with him and leaving his homeland unprotected!
And of course he did not leave 25.000 men in Macedonia because he was afraid of the other Greeks. Macedonia had lots of real enemies at its northern border (Illyrians, Dardanians,Paionians etc).

"If Macedonians were Greek then why only 30% of Alexander's army were Greek?"
The right question to ask is 'why as many as 30% of Alexander's army were from the rest of Greece?' After all Macedonians and Greeks were supposed to be enemies! The Macedonians 'conquered' the Greeks according to the Slavic version of the Macedonian history. The fact that a very significant part of Alexander's army were non-Macedonian Greeks shows the truth.

"Ancient Macedonians did not take part in the Olympic Games"
This is another false statement. It can be easily proved that people from Macedonia took part in the Olympic Games. For a list Macedonians who won the Olympic Games the click here.

"Ancient Macedonians fought against Greece."
This is another misleading statement. It is well known that the ancient Greek states were largely independed of each other and that often led to wars between them. Some well-known examples are the Peolloponisian was between Athens and Sparti, the Athenians quest in the island of Mitilini, the brutal war between Sparti and Thebes and many more. A war between two ancient Greek regions did not mean that one of them was not Greek.

"There are no ancient monuments written in the Macedonian language because Greek archaeologists destroy them when they are recovered."
Even if we accept that this is true it still doesn't explain why aren't there any monuments in the rest of Macedonia!
What about the ancient monuments in FYROM and Bulgaria?
What about the ancient monuments on Alexander's route in Asia?
Why aren't there any "non Greek Macedonian monuments" ?
Oh, I know why! The Greek archaeologists must have destroyed them as well !!!

"If in fact, "Macedonia is Greece", how come they feel the need to emphasize, to shout, and to proclaim over and over again? After all, we never hear them proclaiming that 'Thebes is Greece', or 'Sparta is Greece' ".
If the Salvs wanted to name heir country "Republic of Thebes" or "Republic of Sparta" who would shout out "Thebes and Sparta are Greek". But they are claiming to be Macedonians so we shout that

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