THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN NOF AND KPG
The first contacts between the NOF delegations and the memebrs of KPG
were initiated in the month of April 1946 and the negotiations to unite
were commenced in May of the same year. The first round of negotiations
was held in Solun with the participation of Nikos Zachariadis - general
secretary of KPG and the members: Markos Vafiadis, Leonidas Springos
and on the part of NOF, the secretary Paskal Mitrevski.
At those negotiations, agreement was reached on the following issues:
- NOF to continue and to be the sole organization of the Macedonians
in Aegean Macedonia and to be managed by KPG;
- Macedonian partizan units to continue and be preserved, and every
region to form joint headquarters comprised of Macedonians and Greeks.
- Macedonian cadres to be co-opted into the leadership of KPG
Immediately after the hard won agreement was concluded, the KPG leadership
unilaterally changed the conditions of the agreement to its own advantage
and to the detriment of NOF.
The new condition imposed by KPG was as follows:
- Dismantling the Macedonian military units and joining with the Greek
ones, and the right to form military headquarters to be solely under
the party leadership of KPG.
The leaders of NOF did not agree with this and commenced negotiations
again. The negotiations between the leadership of NOF and KPG lasted
for a long while and an agreement was eventually concluded on 21 November
1946 at the village Turje.
During the time of the negotiations, three Macedonian units comprised
of more than 360 active fighter-volunteers operated in the Lerin and
Kostur regions while the Greek units had 95 fighters.
The agreement was concluded in favour of KPG.
The following results were achieved in the new agreement:
- NOF and AFZ to continue to exist and operate but to be under the direct
control of KPG;
- The Macedonian partisan units to unite with the Greek ones and to
be under joint command, selected by the leadership of KPG;
- The Macedonian youth organization NOMS to be dismantled and its members
to join the Greek youth organization EPON under the direction of KPG.
The execution of such a shameful agreement between NOF and KPG did
not appeal to the Macedonian people.
After the agreement the KPG cadres did not wait long. They immediately
nominated Greek cadres as leaders for all of the Macedonian formations
even though there was not a single Greek partisan in any unit, band
or battalion. The KPG leadership took advantage of the weakness of the
leadership of NOF and in the most sophisticated way, in a short time
after the agreement, managed to exchange the Macedonian "military"
with Greek cadres.
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