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Greek Plea to Barack Obama to Reverse Recognition of Macedonia - Based on 2,000 Year Old "Facts"

May 25, 2009

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Barack Obama Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) / Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) - Press Release

Toronto, Canada and Melbourne, Australia - Greece is in no position to dictate anything based on history. More to the point, should we be governed today based on arbitrary interpretations of ancient history?"
(MHRMI Letter to Hill Times)

In an ever-increasing move of desperation, so-called "scholars of Graeco-Roman antiquity" (the Greek Diaspora and supporters) sent a letter to Barack Obama on May 18, 2009, pleading for him to "intervene to clean up some of the historical debris left in southeast Europe by the previous U.S. administration." In other words, reverse US recognition of the Republic of Macedonia.

Laughable. Childish. Surely the scholars of Graeco-Roman antiquity can come up with a few adjectives of their own. While they're at it, maybe some thoughts on why a President would conduct his foreign policy based on the "fact" that "Alexanders father, Philip, won several equestrian victories at Olympia and Delphi, the two most Hellenic of all the sanctuaries in ancient Greece..."

Furthermore, many of the non-Greek scholars that co-signed the letter had their names added without permission. A new low in Greeces war on reason.

Not surprisingly, over 120 countries have ignored Greece's irrational stance on the "name issue" and have recognized Macedonia under its constitutional name. Greece initiated the nonsensical name dispute in order to continue its policy of non-recognition and persecution of its large Macedonian minority.

Because of the name dispute, Greece vetoed Macedonia's entry into NATO, it persecutes its Macedonian minority and receives worldwide condemnation, it is continuously convicted of human rights abuses against its minorities by the European Court of Human Rights, and a recent United Nations report slammed Greece for its blatant disregard of minority rights and calls for immediate recognition of its Macedonian and Turkish minorities.

No wonder Greece focuses on ancient history.


Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. For more information, please visit, or contact MHRMI at 416-850-7125, or

Founded in 1984, the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) has been working towards achieving human rights for Macedonians and other oppressed minorities. For more information, please visit, or contact AMHRC at +61 3 9460 2910, or

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