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Response to the "Pan-Macedonian" Association's Letter to George Bush Regarding Cyprus

April 09, 2004


As much as I respect the difficult position the Cypriot people have been placed in, at the hands of the Great Powers and with Greece meddling in their affairs, I feel it is my obligation to respond to the Pan-Macedonian Association on several issues.

1. How hypocritical of you to deny the existence and rights of the Macedonian minority inside Greece yet at the same time, complain about the treatment of Greeks in another country.

"We are kindly requesting for you to support a solution which respects the rights of Cyprus, acknowledges the theft of property from the occupied part of Cyprus and brings justice to the side that has been neglected for an intolerable and grossly prolonged period of time."

2. How hypocritical of you to speak of the properties of people outside of Greece and yet deny the expelled Macedonians, including the innocent Macedonian refugee children from the Greek Civil War, their rights to return and reclaim their properties.

" We are very concerned about the Kofi Annan Plan for Cyprus. We feel that the "so-called" UN Plan put forth by Kofi Annan is not only a violation of humanitarian principles, but does not give the well expected and fair justice to the entity which was invaded by Turkey in 1974; lost over 1,000 human beings who have not yet been found; lost all manner of property of the people who, by force, were thrown out of their homes and villages by Turkey with the use of American supplied arms."

Has the Pan-Macedonian Association forgotten that it was the Greek Government which instigated the Cypriot problem? Was it not Greece, in the early 1970's that wanted to unite with Cyprus? Was it not the Greek anti-Turkish propaganda that poisoned Cypriot society, turning neighbour against neighbour?

Why is the Pan-Macedonian Association now crying foul?

3. How hypocritical of you to cry foul about the rights of one nation, the Cypriot Greeks, in one paragraph and yet in the next paragraph you stamp on the rights of another, the Macedonians.

"At the same time we would kindly request of you in any of your future references to the "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" to address it as "FYROM" versus "Macedonia", like you recently did in your public address on ABC TV as you mentioned the supporting Countries of the U.S. action on Iraq. Needless to say your false reference caused discontent, disappointment and anger among the Hellenic community worldwide."

Has anyone in your so called "Pan-Macedonian Association" considered the cause of discontentment, disappointment and anger you have caused for the Macedonian community worldwide?

Isn't it about time the Pan-Macedonian Association refrain from interfering in other people's affairs and allow democracy to take its course?

Isn't it about time that the Pan-Macedonian Association retire from its racist activities and enter the annals of history together with Fascism and Nazism?

Regards,

Risto Stefov



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"Pan-Macedonian" Association’s Letter to President Bush

Honorable President George W. Bush:

We are very concerned about the Kofi Annan Plan for Cyprus. We feel that the “so-called” UN Plan put forth by Kofi Annan is not only a violation of humanitarian principles, but does not give the well expected and fair justice to the entity which was invaded by Turkey in 1974; lost over 1,000 human beings who have not yet been found; lost all manner of property of the people who, by force, were thrown out of their homes and villages by Turkey with the use of American supplied arms.

The failure to distinguish between the Republic of Cyprus, which is the victim of external aggression and the illegal Republic of Northern Cyprus whose forces violate the territorial integrity of Cyprus, undermines international law and World Order. We also feel the Annan Plan violates the human rights of the Greek Cypriots who suffered a lot from the Republic of Turkey whose forces violated the territorial integrity of Cyprus and disrespected the international law. Furthermore this UN Plan for Cyprus would impose a settlement based on political and human rights violations, which would be considered intolerable in Europe because it would compromise Nicosia’s successful bid for membership in the EU.

By rewarding Ankara’s highly aggressive territorial invasion of Cyprus, the World Order is totally ignored and / or omitted.

We are kindly requesting for you to support a solution which respects the rights of Cyprus, acknowledges the theft of property from the occupied part of Cyprus and brings justice to the side that has been neglected for an intolerable and grossly prolonged period of time.

In such a way the U.S. will maintain its dignity and its democratic principles and will regain respect from the international community. It is our duty and responsibility being the most powerful Country in the world.

At the same time we would kindly request of you in any of your future references to the “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to address it a s “FYROM” versus “Macedonia”, like you recently did in your public address on ABC TV as you mentioned the supporting Countries of the U.S. action on Iraq. Needless to say your false reference caused discontent, disappointment and anger among the Hellenic community worldwide.

We like to refresh your memory that the “FYROM” is a temporary name given by the UN Security Council in 1995 under Interim Accord, Article 816, until, through negotiations a new, non-threatening to Greece, name for FYROM will be expedited.

Your role as healthy role model has a great impact to all Hellenes and Phil-Hellenes who happen to know history; therefore, they are fully aware about the gross injustice upon Northern Greece.

We highly appreciate your immense support in these difficult issues in order for justice once again to prevail

Most Sincerely,

Nina Peropoulos Peter Peropoulos
Past Supreme President Chapter President
Pan-Macedonian Association USA, Inc Macedonian Association of Greater Houston., inc.

   
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