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Addressed to the international academic community
The so-called "Macedonian Question", is in fact a great political and
historical fraud that was deliberately fabricated by the Communists in
1944 in order to wrest Greek Macedonia from Greece and absorb it into
the Communist bloc, thus breaking up the West's eastern flank and
gaining control of the north Aegean seacoast.
The political motives behind the creation of this spurious Republic have
been rejected by:
- The U.S. Roosevelt Administration which was quick to assess
the true motives for setting up a "Macedonian" State and issued
clear directives denouncing it. This is an excerpt from a circular by
Secretary of State Stettinius (See Document 1 Circular
Airgram #868.014/26 Dec. 1944)
"This Government considers talk of Macedonian "nation", Macedonian
"Fatherland", or Macedonian "national consciousness" to be unjustified
demagoguery representing no ethnic nor political reality, and sees in its
present revival a possible cloak for aggressive intentions against Greece.
The approved policy of this Government is to oppose any revival of the
Macedonian issue as related to Greece".
- The Truman Administration, by means of the Truman Doctrine and the help
of the American taxpayers, along with the sacrifices of the Greek people,
the blood of hundreds of thousands of Greek dead and wounded, saved Greek
Macedonia from the Communist threat.
President George Bush acknowledged these sacrifices before the
Greek Parliament in 1991, by stating that Greece single handedly
put a stop to Soviet expansionism at that terrible time.
- President Bill Clinton on October 2 1992, before the elections,
confirming his predecessor's stance he stated: "The United States
position must be clear. If the southernmost former Yugoslav
Republic wishes to receive American recognition, it must first
accept the principles of the Helsinki Final Act, satisfy its
neighbors and the world community that its intentions are
peaceful and abide by the European Community's decision
which rejects the use of the name Macedonia. A Clinton Administration will stand by
these principles and ensure that Greece's legitimate concerns are met".
- On June 19 1992, at a Managers Conference in Paris, Dr. Henry Kissinger
made a statement about Greece's demand that Skopje should not be allowed to
use the name "Macedonia". He said "I believe that Greece is right to object
and I agree with Athens. The reason is that I know History which is not the
case with most of the others including most in the Government and
Administration in Washington. The strength of the Greek case is that of the
History which must say that Athens have not used so far with success"
(See Document No 2).
- Newspapers of international repute, such as "The New York Times",
espoused similar positions. Note, for example, the following article
published on July 16 1946: "During the occupation... a combined effort was
made to wrest Macedonia from Greece - an effort that allegedly continues,
although in altered form... The main conspiratorial activity in
Macedonia today appears to be directed from Skopje"
(See Document No 3).