AHEPA Condemns “Irredentist United Macedonia Map”

The map as it was published

AHEPA Canada, one of the largest Greek organizations in the country, released an announcement condemning the publication of a map by the Toronto branch of UM (United Macedonians Organization of Canada) in the Toronto Star issue of July 31, 2014, displaying the irredentist claims against Greece and Bulgaria by ethnic nationalists from FYROM (see map above).

“Such maps depicting the entire Greek province of Macedonia and the Blagoevgrad prefecture in Bulgaria as being parts of a ‘United Macedonia’ along with a picture of Alexander the Great that the entire world and scholarly community (1) know was Greek are blatant and provocative acts that only serve to confuse the public, undermine harmony and fuel ethnic distrust and discord among ethnic groups and nation states,” read the statement.

AHEPA Canada believes that Canadian citizens -irrespective of their ethnic origin or religious background- ought to leave their ethnic and religious differences and animosities at the immigration gate. Once they become citizens of Canada they should strive to live in harmony and mutual respect with each other and focus on contemporary challenges that affect the wellbeing of Canadians in the interest of building a stronger country domestically and a more tolerant, peaceful and secure world internationally.

“Actions that blatantly attempt to falsify history, redraw national boundaries, spread hate, defame ethnic groups or nations only lead to conflict and pain, and should be avoided when the people of Greece, FYROM and Bulgaria share the same human challenges of securing peace, happiness and prosperity in the Balkans,” said the organization.


  • hankz

    LOL. Nice try FYROM, again spreading false propaganda, nobody is believing your garbage. You are Bulgarians and you should embrace your Bulgarian heritage, you even speak the same language as Bulgaria.. Macedonia is and always will be Greek.

  • C. Constantinides

    Skopjie base their claim, that the ancient Macedonians were not Greeks, on references made in ancient texts that Alexander the Great spoke to his soldiers in the Macedonian language.
    There is a proverb that “Ignorance is bliss” and it is 100% applicable in this case.
    Apparently, Skopjians do not know that Greek was spoken in various forms, which, today we call local “dialects” to distinguish them from the main official lingual form which we call “language”. In ancient times all forms of Greek were called “languages” because there was not a single Greek state for all Greeks, but, a plethora of city-states where their own lingual denomination was spoken. So, whose language was going to be the main “Greek” and thus rendering all the rest to a state of what, today, we call “dialect”? Instead, they were all called languages. There were the Attic, Doric, Ionian , Aeolian, Cretan, Cypriot, Macedonian and lots of other forms, each one called a language.
    Therefore, understandably, classical scholars referred to the use of the “Macedonian language” by Alexander when he addressed his soldiers, as it was not, after all, expected from them to fully understand other forms of Greek.

  • peter7260

    C.Constantinides,I challenge you to translate the following words that today are spoken in Unzi and Kalash provinces in Pakistan by the ancient Macedonians;Bara,Vrka,Vika,Vrne,Rgia,Turne,Urne,Gazi,Shaka,Chuka,Gurelka,Olomnani,Vadi, and other ancient words that are spoken by today’s Macedonians.Babiniotis tried the same lie in Australia.The Macedonian language was not Greek,the Greeks did not understood the Macedonian language.Alexander used translators.Remember what Alexander said to Philota on his trial,and Philota’s answer?
    Ancient historian Plutarch(c.45-120AD) gave an outstanding account of the distinctiveness of the ancient Mmacedonian language.In his biography about Eumenes,describing the appearance of Eumenes in front of the Macedonian soldiers,Plutarch wrote:”…On the first sight of the general of their heart,the troops saluted him in the Macedonian language,clanked their arms,and with loud shouts challenged the enemy to advance,thinking themselves invisible while he was at their head.
    The troops of Alexander were from different areas of Macedonia,but they understood each other.Again,the evidence is when Alexander asked Philota what language will he speak to the people.Alexander accused him as follows”Do you not see how Philotas loathes even the language of his fatherland?For he alone disdains to learn it.But let him by all means speak in whatever way he desires,provided that you remember that he holds our customs in as much abhorrence as our language”.
    You are right,ignorance is bliss,that is exactly you are doing.

  • hankz

    @ peter7260.. LOL. Translate this: “UP YOURS SKOPJE” The Macedonian language was another Greek dialect, just like there was over 100 different Greek dialect spoken all over the Mediterranean. Your little propaganda on differences in lettering and words are a joke. FYROM language is Bulgarian and what ever minor differences there is from the Bulgarian is then Serbian… Macedonia is and always will be Greece.

  • Vasko Dimoski

    100 different sounds like greeks invented every nations language but then again greeks invented everything and they all spoke different to each other maybe they used mental telepathy to talk to each other how funny Macedonian is Macedonian he did not ever say he was the leader of the greek empire so how can he be greek even when he over took all the lands to as far as persia he still was the Macedonian King Not a Greek King no such thing as greek in that time so he could not be greek

  • Aeschines

    “Consequently he was arrested and put to the question, the companions of the king standing by at the torture, while Alexander himself listened behind a stretch of tapestry. 12 Here, as we are told, on hearing Philotas beset Hephaestion with abject cries and supplications, he said: “So faint-hearted thou art, Philotas, and so unmanly, couldst thou have set hand to so great an undertaking?” 13 After Philotas had been put to death, Alexander sent at once into Media and dispatched Parmenio also, a man whose achievements with Philip had been many, and who was the only one of Alexander’s older friends, or the principal one, to urge his crossing into Asia, and who, of the three sons that were his, had seen two killed on the expedition before this, and was now put to death along with the third.”

    – Plutarch, 7.49-11

    Wops, seems Plutarch has another story to tell about Philotas! In fact if one were to read all other sources that mention Philotas, it quickly shows that it is only Rufus who talks of a trial. That he made it up to have a dramatic outlet for his rhetorical wet-dream is not hard to conclude even for Skopian minds. As for the language part, it should not be hard either to differentiate between the meanings of “easier to understand” and “possible to understand” either, even for Skopian minds.

    And a tip for the interested reader is to actually google for example the kalash language. Then one can quickly see that it has no relation at all to the macedonian dialect of Bulgarian spoken in Skopje.

  • Sotiris

    Peter7260,

    I think you’re choosing to use only the historical records that suit your position which by definition is based on ideology and not science.

  • Phil

    Dear Skopian, ancient Macedonians self-identified as Greeks . This is why it is called the HELLENISTIC period by historians around the globe.