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Kaloyan Pargov, BSP: PM Boyko Borissov’s refusal to meet with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov is short-sighted

Kaloyan Pargov, BSP: PM Boyko Borissov’s refusal to meet with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov is short-sighted

15 June 2018 | 16:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s refusal to meet with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov is improvident, BSP-Sofia leader Kaloyan Pargov told reporters. He said it was a visit by a head of state. “Irrespective of party affiliation, everyone deserves respect. We cannot interfere in Macedonia’s domestic affairs,” Pargov said, quoted by Focus News Agency.
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Mihail Konstantinov, political analyst: The case of Macedonia’s name is far from ending, there is a risk of returning to the starting point

Mihail Konstantinov, political analyst: The case of Macedonia’s name is far from ending, there is a risk of returning to the starting point

15 June 2018 | 12:09 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The case of Macedonia’s name is far from its conclusion and there is a risk of returning to the starting point, political analyst Prof. Mihail Konstantinov told Focus Radio. He said that the opposition parties in Macedonia and Greece saw an opportunity to return to power by censuring the governments over the treaty. “Greece seems to be winning more from the bilateral agreements because Macedonia is not only required to change its name,” the analyst said, adding that it would have to renounce the star of Vergina and make constitutional changes, at least for the new name, Republic of North Macedonia. “It is uncertain if these constitutional changes can succeed, at the moment it seems unlikely. More violent clashes lie ahead – the opposition in Macedonia and Greece is becoming radical, there are clashes with the police. This is bad, but it’s a fact,” Konstantinov said. He does not expect a positive outcome of the Macedonian referendum.
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President Rumen Radev: Bulgaria needs strong guarantees that the friendship treaty will stay in force with Republic of North Macedonia

President Rumen Radev: Bulgaria needs strong guarantees that the friendship treaty will stay in force with Republic of North Macedonia

14 June 2018 | 14:46 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria needs strong guarantees that the friendship treaty will remain in force after Macedonia changes its name to Republic of North Macedonia, President Rumen Radev said after his meeting with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, Focus News Agency reports. Macedonia’s treaty with Greece impedes any corrections or cancellation, while its treaty with Bulgaria allows for termination, President Radev said. “That puts Bulgaria in a position to seek additional guarantees. Any Macedonian interference and support for organisations on our territory that are essentially against our constitution must be unequivocally prevented. I expect the Bulgarian government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to include these commitments in chapter 35 of the future contractual framework of Macedonia’s EU membership negotiations,” Radev said, adding that it means clear procedures for monitoring the fulfilment of the conditions.
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Bulgarian PM Borissov calls off meeting with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov

Bulgarian PM Borissov calls off meeting with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov

14 June 2018 | 12:38 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has called off his meeting with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, scheduled for tomorrow morning, the government press office told Focus News Agency. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva Meetings will also not meet with the Macedonian president. “We do not want to interfere in the internal affairs of our neighbouring state. Our stance is clear, and so is the one taken by the international community. The stance of the President of the Republic of Macedonia is also clear. The Bulgarian government sees no point in being used in the domestic political debates in Skopje. Key for the future development of our neighbouring state is its integration into the EU and NATO, and it should not be questioned,” Prime Minister Borissov said.
Macedonian president arrives here today on a visit at the invitation of President Rumen Radev. They will have a private meeting and will hold a joint press conference later today.
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BSP wants guarantees that the name Republic of North Macedonia will not lead to territorial claims to Bulgaria

BSP wants guarantees that the name Republic of North Macedonia will not lead to territorial claims to Bulgaria

13 June 2018 | 12:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. BSP is proposing that Bulgaria should demand guarantees that the name Republic of North Macedonia will not imply territorial claims to our country, Focus News Agency reports. The opposition party considers that the Bulgarian position on the start of negotiations over Macedonia’s EU membership should be conditional upon those guarantees, MP Kristian Vigenin said.
“We underline that Bulgaria has recognised its southwestern neighbour as the Republic of Macedonia. We appreciate the efforts of Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev to put an end to a dispute that has created tension in our region. At the same time, we recall that the name Republic of North Macedonia contains a geographical definition contrary to a repeatedly stated position of a number of governments and presidents, which has to be taken into account by the current Bulgarian government,” Vigenin said.
“We hope that the accelerated European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia, along with the friendship, good neighbourliness and cooperation treaty already in force, will allow for more active cooperation between the two countries and the citizens on both sides of the border,” he added.
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Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva: North Macedonia is a much better name than Ilinden Macedonia

Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva: North Macedonia is a much better name than Ilinden Macedonia

13 June 2018 | 11:20 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. North Macedonia is a much better name than Ilinden Macedonia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva told bTV this morning. She said the name underscored the geographical meaning of Macedonia as a region. “We think that whatever they sign, it should in no way lead to territorial claims, or to historical ones, linguistic, minority, nations, etc.,” the minister stressed. “Ilinden Macedonia was surely not a good name option in Bulgaria’s opinion unless it was meant to emphasise part of the common history, the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie uprising,” she added. She said that historians and other specialists in the joint committee should be able to do their work undisturbed, on the basis of authentic documents and historical sources. “Gotse Delchev identified himself in his own letters more than once as a Bulgarian,” she said.
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