The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) today commemorates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the sovereign Republic of Macedonia on November 17, 1991.
In 1990, the federal state of Yugoslavia began its inter-republic disintegration, a moment in history that permitted a centuries old dream of a sovereign and independent Macedonia to be realized.
The Macedonian people, oppressed and denied for centuries by various governments, quickly capitalized on this moment and through sensible determination, began its peaceful and orderly secession from the Yugoslavian federation. The most commendable aspect of the transition into independent sovereignty was that it was accomplished democratically and peacefully, without bloodshed. The judicious detachment from the Yugoslav federation was a role model for all neighboring states that too were seeking national independence.
The transition from the Yugoslavian dominion was fundamentally flawless, due to the foresight of the brilliantly crafted Macedonian Constitution that included articles of secession from Yugoslavia and defined territorial unitary boundaries. This critically instrumental document served the nascent Republic of Macedonia by establishing unassailable democratic rules for governance. Moreover, it established the Republic of Macedonia as a modern democratic state with international credibility and recognition.