Sunday, September 14, 2008

New light on Macedonian melee

A new study reveals that Greek Civil War refugees to Yugoslavia wererefused repatriation, and that Skopje pressed Belgrade to follow a hard linewith Bulgaria and Greece over Macedonian ethnicity


A new study of the Yugoslav diplomatic archives reveals that thousands of Greeks who fled north after the 1946-49 Civil War were never allowed to return by communist authorities, and died stateless.

Approximately 25,000 Greeks abandoned their villages in the closing days of the war, afraid that the national army would punish them on suspicion of aiding the communist Democratic Army of Greece (DSE). About a fifth of them relented, historians will reveal in a new volume entitled "The Macedonian issue in Foreign Archives," being published this month.

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