Bulgarian Politicians React to Macedonia's New Name

Bulgarian politicians reacted to Macedonia’s name change announcement, claiming that the negotiations between Greece and Macedonia must also include the removal of any claims towards Bulgaria’s territory, culture, and history.

 

While the reception of the deal between Macedonia and Greece was accepted positively in Bulgaria’s political circle, it raised some concerns towards the points of the contract. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the giving up of pretentions towards “third parties” should be “unambiguously proclaimed and confirmed.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ekaterina Zaharieva, commented on the situation, saying that the name North Macedonia is much better than Ilinden Macedonia, which was one of the previously proposed new names. Zaharieva also said she’s still unfamiliar with the contract between the two countries.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that Bulgaria and Macedonia’s declaration of cooperation led to the creation of a joint commission towards determining the actual history of Macedonia and Bulgaria. She said that the historians working in the commission should be left to decide the facts objectively: “Determining the shared historical facts and persons must be done with authentic historical documents and sources. In his letters, Gotse Delchev proclaimed himself as a Bulgarian and not just once.”

Yulian Angelov from VMRO blamed the Bulgarian Socialist Party (formed from the former Bulgarian Communist Party) for creating Macedonia in the first place.

He added: “So let them be kind enough to apologize to the Bulgarian people and the Macedonian-Bulgarians for this Frankenstein which they created and supported for years.” VMRO also stated that Macedonia’s “sinful anti-Bulgarian practices such as stealing and swapping the shared history, the falsification of historical fact in textbooks, the use of the language of hate towards Bulgaria are all unacceptable and incompatible with a membership in the European Union.”

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Alex Dimchev

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