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Nonetheless the Slavo-Macedonians with the backing of the newlyformed Tito regime in Yugoslavia kept up their efforts Just a few days after the Varkiza agreement Slavo-Macedonian emigres from Greece formed in Skopje an Organisation named NOF National Liberation Front and sent armed guerrilla bands back to the border areas of Greek Macedonia The activities of these bands attracted the criticism of the KKE since it was in conflict with the terms of the Varkiza agreement and gave the government forces an excuse for applying severe measures to suppress them However when the Civil War began in 1946 the Slavo-Macedonians returned to Greek Macedonia in great numbers and joined the Greek Communist movement while still retaining their own Organisation the NOF To judge from the various collections of documents and memoirs which have been published in Skopje the Slavo-Macedonians -that is the part of the Slav-speaking population whose national consciousness was Slav-were fighting what they saw at this time as a national liberation struggle for the Macedonians of the Aegean in order to win their national rights These rights were none other than the policy which Yugoslavia was officially pursuing at this time and which was intended to incorporate the Macedonian territories of both Greek and Bulgarian Macedonia into the Socialist Republic of Macedonia In the meantime and while the outcome of the civil war in Greece still hung in the balance the Yugoslavs exerted unbearable pressure on their Bulgarian comrades in order to blackmail them into ceding Bulgarian Macedonia to Yugoslavia In the end by the Bled accords of 1947 Dimitrov agreed in return for minor concessions to acknowledge the inhabitants of Bulgarian Macedonia Pirin as Macedonians and to pave the way for the incorporation of the province of Pirin into the Socialist Republic of Macedonia The incorporation of Greek Macedonia would await the outcome of the civil war The split between Stalin and Tito which occurred suddently in the summer of 1948 upset all
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