Respected Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
A Nobel Peace Prize to Alexis Tsipras would be regarded as a direct insult to the visible majority of the Greek people and would add to the destabilization of peace already being attempted in the vicinity of Greece.
Widespread national fury is what the Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and his minority government have managed to trigger by reaching a controversial agreement with the prime minister of our neighboring state, Zoran Zaef. The deal is over the new state denomination of the southern leftover of Yugoslavia bordering with the northern Greek region of Macedonia; along, the two Secretaries of State shook hands on a new name for the nationality for our multinational neighbors, mainly comprised of Bulgarians, Serbs, Roma and a visible Greek minority.
What enraged the Greeks is that their prime minister has provided consent into giving away the ancient-old Greek name of Macedonia for use under a very vague international and domestic juridical context by their foreign neighbors. For a time-span of decades the authorities in Skopje and foreign elites have been seeking out a common national identity for the inhabitants of the miniature state formerly comprising Yugoslavia. By arbitrarily adopting the name of Macedonia for their ex Yugoslavic (i.e. «United Slavic») state, the name «Macedonian» for the people and the denomination «Macedonian» for their Bulgarian language idiom rendered in Cyrillic, a major dispute has risen, with the two neighbors maintaining minimal official relations until recently.
Greeks have then on been taking to the streets.
The name of Macedonia means a lot to the Greeks since it describes the cradle of the Hellenistic civilization: the kingdom of Macedonia under King Philip the II and his son Alexander the Great united all warring Greek states for the common goal of teaching a lesson to the Persians who invaded the Greek Kingdoms and City-States and obliterated the Greek temples. In the emblematic temple of Goddess Athena, the Parthenon, Alexander the Great, the No 1 hero of the Greeks for the past 23 centuries, made his collectively given mandate official with a declaration which goes as follows:
«Alexander, son of Philip, and the Greeks except the Lacedaimonians…» etc, etc. The Lacedaimonians, i.e. the Spartans would not leave their comfort zone so the rest of the Greeks went on alone to face their time-old oriental enemy, in light of bringing to justice the foes of King Leonidas and Pericles of Athens, the all-mighty Persians of Xerxis and Darius who attacked Greece and destroyed the holy places of the Greek Gods which were since olden times thought off of residing in the Mount Olympus in the heart of modern-day Macedonia, in northern Greece
Since the people over the northern border of Greece are Slavs and Bulgarians, and have come to the vicinity only after the 6th century, ages after Alexander and his teacher Aristotle, those from the international community demanding that Greeks accept a nation-building on the expense of historical, anthropological, linguistic and cultural integrity are asking too much.
The Tsipras-Zaev Accord is considered an act of treason by the majority of Greeks. It is a direct insult to the scientific and historical truth, by attributing rights to non Greeks over the Greek name of Macedonia and its connotations. This directly leads to unfounded claims over third parties of the territory, the language and the people of Greece.
The Tsipras-Zaef Accord will not be respected by the majority of the Greeks.
Please accept this letter as a direct appeal to your symbolic authority as the awarding institution of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Ioannis Nasioulas
Candidate Mayor of Thessaloniki, Greece
April 09 2019
Originally posted 2019-04-09 17:35:24.