April 20, 2008

To Mr. Stefanos Tamvakis
President of World SAE

Dear Mr. Tamvakis,

We are very disturbed by the What's in a Name article which was published in many foreign newspapers without the approval of the SAE Council and which does not reflect the opinion of the Diaspora as you claim.

The Pan-Macedonian Associations the world over, the Hellenic American National Council (HANC), the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) and needless to say many other organizations of the Diaspora agree with the people in Greece that the name Macedonia or its derivatives should not be part of the final name of the FYROM.

The map that is posted in the article, hosted by a multitude of international well-known newspapers, gives the impression that Greece is only a piece of the whole country and has a tiny Bulgaria in its north (smaller than FYROM!)

We consider your action arbitrary and expect an immediate retraction of the article. Failure to do so, and continuing to promote ideas that may be dear to you and perhaps the government of Greece, but to which we strongly disagree, will force us to reconsider our participation in the SAE at our National Conventions.

We respectfully request your immediate response so that it can be brought to the attention of our members prior to a final decision on this matter.


Pan-Macedonian Association USA-Nina Gatzoulis, Supreme President
Pan-Macedonian Association of Australia-Demitris Minas, President
Pan-Macedonian Association of Canada-Bob Moutousidis, President
Pan-Macedonian Association of Europe-Rev. Dr. Panteleimon Tsorbatzoglou
Macedonian Chapters of South Africa-Demitris Vougiouklis, Former President

Cc: Dr. Olga Sarantopoulos, World SAE Secretary
Mr. Theodore Spyropoulos, SAE Coordinator-USA
Mr. Nikiforos Nikolaidis, SAE Coordinator-Central and South America
Mr. George Amarantidis, SAE Coordinator-Europe
Mr. Haris Gouvelis, SAE Coordinator-Africa and Near & Middle East
Mr. George Agelopoulos, SAE Coordinator-Oceania and Far East
Mr. Ivan Savvidis, SAE Coordinator-counties of former Soviet Union

(Posting Date 7 May 2008)

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The Pan-Macedonian Association was founded in 1947 with the goal of uniting all the Macedonian societies of the United States. It is a nationwide membership organization for Greek Americans whose origins are from Macedonia, Greece. The organization promotes the culture, language, history and traditions of Macedonia and Promotes charitable projects and works to benefit the region and its people. It strives to educate its members and the general public on various issues pertaining to Macedonia, especially the Hellenic origin and nature of the name Macedonia and to counter falsifications and distortions of history with respect to Macedonia. For more information about the Pan-Macedonian Association of America, established in 1947 and active nationwide in the Greek-American community, visit the organization's website at

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