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UMD Meets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Presents Goce Delchev Award November 3, 2010

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Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) met with The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The meeting was to discuss Canada-Macedonia bilateral relations and Macedonia’s aspirations to join NATO. UMD bestowed upon Prime Minister Harper its highest honour, the Goce Delchev Award, for his bold and honourable leadership in international affairs, and his recognition of Macedonia by her constitutional name, solidifying the excellent relationship between Canada and Macedonia. Prime Minister Harper is the first recipient of the Goce Delchev Award.

“The Macedonian community worldwide could not have asked for a better friend and advocate than Prime Minister Harper. We were extremely honoured to have the opportunity to meet with him and discuss Canadian-Macedonian relations,” stated UMD President Metodija A. Koloski, who led the delegation of Canadian-Macedonian business and community leaders. “Goce Delchev and our forefathers, who were true visionaries of their time, fought for an independent and free Macedonia. They would be pleased to see such distinguished leaders in the international community, friends of Macedonia and the Macedonian people.”

Canada is home to close to a quarter of a million Canadians of Macedonian descent, with early immigration to Canada starting well over a century ago. Having enriched Canada’s mosaic with their hard work and cultural legacy, Canadian-Macedonians today are leaders in the fields of arts, business, community affairs, entertainment, television, fashion, film, political life, and sports. Today’s Canadian-Macedonians are ambassadors for their community and continue to build the bridge between their new and old homelands.

“I am privileged to have been invited by UMD to participate in this historic milestone for the Canadian-Macedonian community,” stated Canadian Macedonian Place President Marilyn Trentos. “Prime Minister Harper has been a great friend to our community, to Macedonia and it is an honour to have met him and share this experience with my colleagues.”

The Goce Delchev Award is UMD’s highest honour and the recipient of this award is selected based on the impact that they have had on Macedonians around the world, their record of public service, and their advancement of justice, peace, democracy, personal freedom and economic opportunity. The Goce Delchev Award is named after the famous 19th century Macedonian leader Goce Delchev, who fought for Macedonian independence from the Ottoman Empire. Delchev held views that are epitomized by his well-known quote, “I understand the world solely as a field for cultural competition among the peoples”. The UMD Board of Directors unanimously selected Prime Minister Harper as the first recipient of this award, for his impact on Macedonia and Macedonians globally.

Members of the delegation included: Vonna Bitove, Executive Director/Owner, Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant & Executive Director, The Bitove Foundation; Mark Branov, Editor, UMD Voice Magazine; Jim Daikos, UMD Board Member/Director of United Macedonian Diaspora (Canada) & General Manager, Wimpy’s Diners; Metodija A. Koloski, President of United Macedonian Diaspora; George Koroloff, Partner, Koroloff & Huckins; George Markou, UMD Advisory Council; Founder & Honorary Chair, Unigistix Inc; Elizabeth Naumovski, Member, UMD Advisory Council, Vice President of Marketing at Caldwell Securities Ltd., Board Member, Macedonian Film Festival; Goran Saveski, UMD Board Member & Liaison Officer for United Macedonian Diaspora (Canada), Director of Operations, Delo Logic; Chris Stanwyck, Co-Owner, Triple “A” Cheese Co. Ltd.; and Marilyn Trentos, President, Canadian Macedonian Place; Vice President & Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities.

Founded in 2004, United Macedonian Diaspora is a leading international non-governmental organization addressing the interests and needs of Macedonians and Macedonian communities throughout the world.

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Greeks single out and intimidate Macedonian for supporting Turkish Cypriots. October 27, 2009

Posted by Yilan in Human rights, Human rights abuses, Macedonia, Turkey.
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Metodija Koloski identified! Head of Skopjian Lobby UMD Protested With Turks

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2009

Contact: Nikolaos Taneris, New York, Tel. (917) 699-9935.

NEW YORK—The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) is pleased to announce that we have identified many of the so-called “demonstrators” of the 35-year Commemoration of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus Counter-“Protest” outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC on July 20th 2009. The head of the Skopjian lobby the so-called “United Macedonian Diaspora” Mr. Metodija Koloski and other Skopjians from UMD participated, all in all the participants are a who’s who of Turkish assets, agents and cheap dates.

The effeminate guy with the bumblebee t-shirt is METODIJA KOLOSKI, holding the sign saying “Shame on Greek Terrorists For Killing US diplomats” He protested with the Turks outside the Turkish Embassy on July 20Th 2009

http://taxalia.blogspot.com/2009/08/blog-post_6567.html

Here are videos of him outside the Turkish Embassy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0sR8ZNqBSk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxUU231gK3g
Here he is at an Official 2009 UMD conference function honoring Turkey:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzNL1AbtsAk

It is a shame Greeks attack individuals who support human rights.

Dora Bakoyannis – Greek Foreign Minister replies to a question regarding the Macedonian minority in Greece March 4, 2009

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United Macedonian Diaspora President Metodija A. Koloski questions Greek Foreign Minister, Dora Bakoyannis, about Greece’s lack of minority rights for Macedonians, Albanians, Turks, Roma, and Vlach, and its non-ratification of key international human rights treaties dealing with minority rights.

UMD Board Meets with Ambassador Nimetz WASHINGTON, D.C. February 4, 2009

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The Board of Directors of the United Macedonian Diaspora met with the United Nations Special Envoy Ambassador Matthew Nimetz on Monday, February 2, 2009 in New York City to discuss the ongoing ‘name dispute’ between the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Macedonia. UMD reiterated its position that the Macedonian Diaspora objects to any changes to Macedonia’s name, given the bilateral nature of the ‘name dispute.’ UMD expressed concern to Ambassador Nimetz over the Hellenic Republic’s continued efforts to remove the term Macedonian to describe the Macedonian people and language at the United Nations and the European Union. UMD believes that a bilateral issue such as the ‘name dispute’ should not impede Macedonia’s NATO and European Union membership and Macedonia should be judged based on its merits and reforms.