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Addressed to the international academic community
The Macedonian Question, is more than a mere squabble over a name. It is a
well-designed scheme for annexing the northern Greek provinces of Macedonia
and Thrace. It started during the inter-war period, by the decisions of the
Comintern and the Balkan communist parties seeking to establish a united
(Macedonian and Thracian) State. Subsequently it was Tito, in 1944, who
tried to establish such a State within Yugoslavia. He changed the name of
Southern Serbia (which had been known as Vardashka since 1913) to "Macedonia"
and then proceeded to establish, out of the Slavs of the
region (Bulgarians and Serbs), a new Slavic nation inappropriately called
"Macedonian" (See Document No 4).
To transform this theoretical concept into a political reality Tito:
- Concocted in 1944 a "Macedonian government" as a first step
to the setting up of a Socialist Republic of Macedonia".
- Dubbed the local Slavonic dialect "Macedonian language". A
special committee worked for years to turn this dialect into the
"official Macedonian language".
- In 1968 the "Macedonian Church" came into being irregularly,
by a government coup. As a result, it was not recognized as a
formal Church by any Orthodox Patriarchs or by the Vatican.
- In 1969, the "History of the Macedonian nation" was
published. Any reference in the world's archives to Macedonia
and to historical figures and historical events connected in any way
with Macedonia over the millennia, was manipulated and forcibly
given a "Macedonian (Slavic) identity".
Thus, politicians and historians collaborated:
- to usurp the name, the emblems, and the history of Macedonia;
- to set in motion expansionist aspirations, by renaming Greek Macedonia
as "Aegean Macedonia", i.e. part of a united Macedonia and issued maps
limiting Greece's northern frontiers to Mount Olympus;
- to allege the existence of a "Macedonian minority" in Greece.
Their theoretical basis for these claims was based on the assertion that:
- The ancient Macedonians, Alexander the Great, the Ptolemies, etc. were
not Greeks (an allegation which is repeated in the recent FYROM's school
textbooks for 1992-3). See also attached extracts from the book of
Evangelos Kofos "The vision of Greater Macedonia"
(See Document No 5).
- After the arrival of Slavic tribes in the Balkans in the
6th century AD those Slavs, that managed to reach the
Byzantine Provinces of Ancient Macedonia, intermarried
with the local non-Greek Macedonians and thus they
formed a new ethnic group, the "Slavo Macedonians" who
subsequently were simply referred to as "Macedonians".
World history does not record a similar case of usurpation of a
people's name and history by another group of people.
Lack of the slightest credibility on the part of the pseudo-Macedonian
"nation" of Skopje is furthermore revealed by the single fact that Skopje's
Bulgarians and Serbs discovered only after 1944 that back in the sixth
century they had been transformed from Slavs into Macedonians.
To claim that the Ancient Macedonians were not Greeks, however, and to use
the term "Slav" with reference to the creation of the "Macedonian nation"
is a trick.
The "Macedonian Nation" does not, nor did it ever exist. The Macedonians
were Greeks, they spoke the same language and worshipped the same gods (who
were inhabiting the Macedonian mountain of Olympus) and performed the same
sacrifices, in the same sanctuaries as all the other Greeks.
The Macedonians, together with the rest of Greeks, possess according to
Herodotus, the kind and constituent element that composed a nation:
"And next the kinship of all Greeks in blood and speech, and the shrines of
gods and the sacrifices that we have in common and the likeness of our way
of life " Herodotus, History VIII, 144,2 (Loeb, A.D. Godley) .