Πέμπτη, 31 Μαΐου 2012

Spyropoulos Fights to keep FYROM out of NATO


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Businessman, philanthropist, and President of the Council of Greeks Abroad in the U.S. Theodore Spyropoulos, placed two full-page messages in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times last weekend, during the NATO Summit in Chicago, telling the world leaders and the American People that “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia [FYROM] is not yet ready to join NATO.”

CHCAGO, IL – Businessman, philanthropist, and President of the Council of Greeks Abroad in the U.S. Theodore Spyropoulos, placed two full-page messages in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times last weekend, during the NATO Summit in Chicago, telling the world leaders and the American People that “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia [FYROM] is not yet ready to join NATO.”



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People look at a 13-meter-high bronze statue named as “Warrior”, before being lifted on a 15-meter high pedestal in downtown Skopje. Although the statue is officially named “Warrior”, the face closely resembles ancient depictions of (Greek) King Phillip II, who ruled ancient Macedonia from 359 to 336 BC.

It was a personal initiative of Spyropoulos, he paid for the advertisement as a private Greek-American and not in his official capacity as President of SAE in the U.S.
The decision of the Summit Meeting of NATO not to invite FYROM to join NATO was received with much satisfaction by the Greek-American Community and certainly by Hellenes throughout the world.
Spyropoulos wrote in his advertisement that what matters is “facts, not fiction: How this country got its name.”
He explained that “former Yugoslavia’s Southernmost part, then still part of Serbia, was called “Vardarska Banovina” prior to 1944. It was in 1944 that Marshal Joseph Broz Tito, promoting his own political objectives, created Yugoslavia’s southern republic, which he first called “People’s Republic of Macedonia” and later “Socialist Republic of Macedonia”.




After 1944, a deliberate and systematic campaign was initiated by Yugoslavia’s Southern Republic to counterfeit history and to usurp Greece’s national and historical heritage. In September of 1991, it declared its independence, under the name “Republic of Macedonia.”

Greece immediately objected to the use of the name Macedonia, as “Macedonia” has been, all the way since ancient times, an integral part of the Greek civilization and world, and a Northern Province of Greece. Because of this objection, the United Nations accepted this new country as a new member of the international community, with the provisional name of “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (FYROM), under the clear understanding that a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue should be found quickly between Greece and its Northern neighbor. To date, no solution has been reached, due to the fact that FYROM, instead of negotiating in good faith, is trying to impose the name “Republic of Macedonia” internationally, de facto.
Instead of working hard and in earnest to fulfill all conditions and criteria, FYROM is pursuing a 19th century type of nationalism, resulting in a skewed platform of hostility and agitating propaganda against Greece, a founding member of NATO.
Through the country’s education system and political propaganda, those in power in Skopje (FYROM’s capital, sometimes used interchangeably, primarily by Greeks, with FYROM) have been cultivating the idea of a “United Macedonia,” which would include Greece’s Northern Province and also territories from other neighboring countries, such as Bulgaria. Those policies only serve to stir up nationalism and animosity among countries and peoples, undermining regional cooperation and trust, and could ultimately jeopardize the stability of the whole region.
It is imperative that FYROM finds its way towards NATO membership through fulfilling all criteria and fully respecting fundamental NATO principles, not through engaging in expansionist and hostile policies against its neighbors, instigating bigotry. Accession to NATO, but also to the European Union, requires full commitment to the values of the organization one seeks to enter, and not resurrecting the policies of a bygone era of dangerous nationalism towards supportive neighbors and future allies.
In an interview with TNH, Spyropoulos expressed his joy and satisfaction because as he said “the annexation of Skopje to the NATO coalition was not included.” He went on to say that “the Summit dealt primarily with the Afghanistan issue and how to withdraw its military presence from there.”
He also said there “there were some confrontations between the two sides Greece and Skopje” and added that “Turkey supported them openly. As a matter of fact, Turkey’s minister of external affairs Davoudoglou was honored by the Skopjeans of America and at some point he said ‘I felt Macedonian.’”

Ted Spyropoulos (R), one of the community’s great benefactors, placed full-page ads in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times about the FYROM name issue.

Spyropoulos verified that he placed the advertisement on his own initiative as an individual but he refused to disclose the amount the paid. “I wouldn’t want to say anything on that” he said and he added “the only thing I can tell you is that the two pages cost a lot.” He also said “I am glad that they were placed in a timely manner because the Greek side had done nothing for the issue of the name of Macedonia but neither for Cyprus – which is a member of NATO – [even as] the Turks continue to occupy Cyprus with armed forces.”
He also said that “we should do all we can to support the ethnic issues of Greece and especially to inform the American People.” He said “it is not mentioned anywhere in the text that we prepared and published about a dual name” and he added “it is the only text of its kind.”
“There is no a coherent cooperation from everyone, one common strong voice,” Spyropoulos added, referring to various organizations and federations.

Petros Molyviatis, the interim minister of external affairs of Greece, was the head of the Greek delegation.
On Saturday evening, a group of Greek-Americans hosted a reception in honor of the Greek delegation which was attended by approximately 200 people.

http://www.thenationalherald.com/article/55265



1 σχόλιο:

  1. Our good friend Marcus T. and geopolitics specialist pointed out that Mr. Spyropoulos has been misquoted by the staff reporter on the statement "Cyprus – which is a member of NATO –", since Cyprus is a member of the EU but has not been allowed entry into NATO due to the Turkish veto or threat of it.

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