Djankov Woos Ethnic Bulgarian Community in Albania.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | May 9, 2011, Monday
Bulgaria's Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, who is charge of ties with the Bulgarian diaspora, has met with members of the historic Bulgarian minority in the Albania.
Visiting the Albanian capital on Monday after a visit in Croatia, Djankov announced the future opening of a Bulgarian cultural center in Tirana.
He welcomed representatives of the ethnic Bulgarians in Albania in the Bulgarian Embassy in Tirana.
Several thousands to several tens of thousands of ethnic Bulgarians from historic communities are estimated to live in Albania including both Bulgarian Orthodox Christians and Muslims, mainly in the communities of Golo Bardo and Mala Prespa in the Albanian east and southeast.
Djankov met with members of the three associations of ethnic Bulgarians in Tirana. One of them, Hadzhi Pirushi, has praised the program of the Bulgarian government for accepting Bulgarian youth from Albania into Bulgarian universities, as cited by the national radio.
The Bulgarian Finance Minister said the government will provide additional funding for scholarships of Bulgarian students from abroad. He stressed that the government is working on a ranking of the universities which will lead to changing the foreign student quotas of state schools.
Over 350 ethnic Bulgarians from Albania have earned university degrees in Bulgaria so far.
Djankov further stressed that the Bulgarian government will be encouraging Bulgarian companies to invest in regions abroad populated with ethnic Bulgarians.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 16, 2011 12:05:19 GMT -5
Ex Bulgarian Top Cop Slams US Ambassador as 'Trash'
Novinite.com Diplomacy | May 16, 2011, Monday
The US Ambassador to Sofia, James Warlick, is going to be recalled from Bulgaria in just days, former Bulgarian Interior Minister, Rumen Petkov, declared.
In an interview for the private TV channel bTV, Petkov, who is currently a Member of the Parliament from the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), called the Ambassador "trash, liar, and drug addict," fueling further the long-running battle between the two.
In the past months, Petkov and Warlick have engaged in a furious war of words that flared after the US envoy alleged the Socialist's visa was withdrawn on grounds of an investigation carried out against him, but refused to specify the details.
"He is leaving. There is no way the US are going to keep such trash here any longer," the MP said, adding the diplomat is going to be recalled on the grounds he would be given the task to look for Americans to invest in Bulgaria.
One of the real reasons, however, would be "Warlick's frequent visits of Sofia's locales in the company of Bulgarian beauties," according to Petkov, who asked how the Ambassador has so much money to waste in restaurants.
"Diplomacy only has a certain threshold of tolerance," the former Interior Minister declared.
Petkov's accusations came on the heels of statements of the leader of the far-right, nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov that Warlick has threatened him.
On Friday, in the Parliament, Siderov demanded to be provided security, claiming that during a chance encounter in a Sofia restaurant, the US Ambassador had vowed to destroy him after Siderov approached the diplomat with a request to the US to pay USD 2 B for the joint military bases in the country.
The clash was photographed by an Ataka reporter and the published picture shows the Ambassador in female company.
Regarding the recalled visa, Petkov reiterated the diplomat is a liar for saying the former Minister is under investigation.
The MP also repeated his previous appeals to Warlick to publically say if he had ever used illegal drugs, insisting he has information the latter is a drug addict on the grounds he had been trying to persuade "Bulgarian citizens" in the benefits of making "soft drugs" legal.
"But this is not California," Petkov pointed out.
The former Minister agreed his accusations are too strong, but explained them with the need "to realize who those attempting to solve the country's problems really are."
"If we allow liars and junkies to interfere with our internal affairs, this is very bad for the country and its politics. And Warlick interferes in a very bold way. He goes in and out of the Ministry of Economy as it is his own property. And he demands to see the contracts we have with the Russians before they are made public,"Petkov explained.
Regarding recently released Wikileaks information he had supported a contract with the Court, on the request of Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev, who wanted speedy trials against high-profile criminals regardless of the evidence, the MP said former US Ambassador, John Beyrle, was not a person to be trusted much either.
"During his last days here, Beyrle attempted to stir a dishonest intrigue between myself and another factor, and I instantly crushed it," the former Minister stated, but declined offering any details. He, however, denied ever saying any of the things the Ambassador has written in the secret diplomatic cables.
On the subject of the upcoming fall local and presidential elections, Petkov pointed out if Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, decides not to run for President, then BSP will be the winner.
The MP further declared the nomination of Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, would be a disaster.
As far as the BSP own nominations, the former Minister mentioned the names of MPs Petar Korumbashev and Meglena Plugchieva (ex EU Funds Minister) and the Mayor of the western city of Kyustendil, Kostadin Paskalev.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 20, 2011 13:08:13 GMT -5
Bulgarian Nationalists Assault Muslims in Front of Mosque.
Novinite.com Society | May 20, 2011, Friday
Supporters of the Bulgarian far right Ataka (Attack) party started a brawl in downtown Sofia, assaulting Muslims during their Friday prayer.
The nationalists staged a rally in front of the Sofia's Banya Bashi mosque, protesting the fact it has loudspeakers that sound Muslim prayers in the entire area around it.
As one of the protesters tried to remove a prayer rug from the space in front of the mosque, tension escalated and a fight started between the two groups, the BGNES news agency says. At least one of the Muslims has been injured.
Ataka supporters were reported shouting "Bulgaria" and "Turks, get out", as well as throwing eggs at the praying.
The nationalist party is the only parliamentary ally of Bulgaria's ruling centrist-right GERB party, which formed a minority government in 2009.
The Banya Bashi mosque in downtown Sofia is a part of the city's unique "triangle of tolerance", encompassing also the St Nedelya Church, and the Sofia Synagogue are located within metres of each other in the very centre of the city.
As one of the protesters tried to remove a prayer rug from the space in front of the mosque, tension escalated and a fight started between the two groups. Photo by BGNES
Nationalist Leader: Islamist Terrorists Threatened Us, Helped by Police.
Novinite.com Domestic | May 20, 2011, Friday
Volen Siderov, Ataka party leader, is shown here kept away by policemen as his party members attacked praying Muslims. Photo by BGNES
The Bulgarian police are using double standards by cracking down on the nationalists, according to Volen Siderov, leader of the far-right and nationalist party Ataka, which assaulted praying Muslims in Sofia Friday.
The incident occurred near the Banya Bashi mosque in downtown Sofia. The brawl that the nationalists and their leader Volen Siderov started as part of a protest against the mosque's loudspeakers has led to an unprecedented for Bulgaria interruption of the Muslims' Friday's prayer. Five police officers were wounded in the ensuing fight.
The police arrested two Ataka members in the brawl; Ataka leader Volen Siderov later went to the 5th police department in Sofia to demand their release only to find out that they have been transferred to a hospital.
According to Siderov, there is footage showing how the police release Muslims that they initially arrested, while detaining the Ataka members.
"I have evidence of police brutality because I saw it on the spot how our activists were beaten and kicked by the police," Siderov declared.
The Ataka leader insists that his party's members were provoked by the praying Muslims while the former were staging their protests against the loudspeakers of the Banya Bashi mosque. Siderov claims he had warned the police about threats he had received from praying Muslims.
Ataka party MP Denitsa Gadzheva was also taken the police department; she got six stitches after she received a wound when hit on the head with a thrown object. She herself did not see who threw it at her but said she hoped witnesses will be found.
"She was hit with a stone by an Islamist terrorist," - this is how Ataka leader Volen Siderov described his colleagues wound.
"These are people preaching jihad. These are people who shouted "Death!" in our faces. Somebody ordered the police to release the arrested Muslim, and to detain the Ataka members," Siderov further alleged.
In his words, the local mufti gave orders to the police, and threatened once again that he would withdraw his party's support for the minority government of the GERB party and Boyko Borisov.
"If this situation continues, it won't end well for GERB. Now that we see that GERB is not conducting pro-Bulgarian policies, I cannot guarantee that we will be supporting GERB in Parliament," Siderov threatened.
Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Leader Adds Fuel to Fire over Xenophobic Brawl.
Novinite.com Domestic | May 20, 2011, Friday
Bulgarian ethnic Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan has made omenious hints about the ethnic tensions. Photo by BGNES
Ahmed Dogan, leader of the ethnic Turkish party DPS, has made chilling forebodings about the ethnic tensions in Bulgaria over Friday's incident in which the nationalist party Ataka assaulted praying Muslims in downtown Sofia.
Speaking in the village of Byal Izvor, Kardzhali District, on Friday, Dogan saw a clear connection between Friday's incident and the so called – Revival Process – or Regeneration Process – the campaign that the Bulgarian Communist party and the regime of Todor Zhivkov launched in the late 1980s to assimilate ethnic Turks and ethnic Bulgarian Muslims by forcing them to adopt Slavic-Christian names.
"The Revival Process will continue. When there is a government like the current one which has the pretense of resolving issues with force, it will by all means be tempted to take such a step some day," Dogan told locals, as cited by BNR, while also declaring that the presence of his party, the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms DPS, is a powerful obstacle to any new "Revival Processes."
"Thanks to DPS, it is very hard and even absurd to see another Revival Process. That is why we are a very important model for Europe and for the Balkans," Dogan stated
Referring to the various stages of the so called Revival Process undertaken by the Bulgarian Communist regime back in the days – i.e. first targeting ethnic Bulgarian Muslims, and then Turks, etc – he said that "if we hadn't allowed 1972, there would have been no 1984 and no 1989."
"The time will come... and you will see what will happen," Dogan concluded his statement, as cited by Standart Daily.
Policemen are pictured arresting far-right extremists from the Ataka party who assaulted praying Muslims in downtown Sofia. Photo by BGNES
Far-right nationalists from the Ataka party (left) are seen fighting with Muslims praying at the Banya Bashi mosque in downtown Sofia. Photo by BGNES
Volen Siderov, Ataka's leader, has already announced his intention to run for president in the fall elections. Photo by BGNES
Volen Siderov, leader of the nationalist Ataka, (L) during Friday's clash. Photo by BGNES
Look at those muslim PIGS! as if they OWN THE STREET!
It's a clear provocation, they do this in Moscow, they do it in Paris, take over the streets n then try to impose "guidelines" and no-go area.
Last Edit: May 20, 2011 14:18:42 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Ankara Condemns Bulgarian 'Racist' Attack on Muslims.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | May 21, 2011, Saturday
Turkey is strongly condemning the racist attack on people praying in a mosque in Bulgaria, the Turkish Foreign Ministry states in a press release.
The press release, cited by the Bulgarian news agency BGNES on Saturday, points out nearly 700 000 ethnic Turks live in Bulgaria and appeals to Bulgarian authorities to swiftly punish those responsible for the attack.
Ankara further says the attack is a violation of one of the basic human rights.
The statement comes on the heels of headline news in Bulgaria, reporting on violence in the capital Sofia when supporters of the far-right, nationalist Ataka (Attack) party started a brawl in downtown Sofia, assaulting Muslims during their Friday prayer in Sofia's Banya Bashi mosque.
The press release states the brawl is a demonstration of the nationalist, racist and anti-Turkish policies of Ataka, stressing Bulgaria must undertake immediate measures to protect basic human rights and values, according to international legal rules in order to prevent such incidents in the future.
Ankara notes the attack has happened in a country which is a member of the European Union.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 24, 2011 13:39:52 GMT -5
Bulgaria's Medieval Capital Resurrected in Unique Model.
Novinite.com Culture | May 24, 2011, Tuesday
The residents of Veliki Preslav, the capital of the First Bulgarian Empire in the 10th century, received as a gift a unique model of their town from its most glorious times.
Hristo Antonov, a retired veterinarian, took 21 months to build the model of Veliki Preslav, the first truly Christian capital of Bulgaria, whose remains are partly still standing today.
He presented the model to the town on the occasion of May 24, the Day of Slavic Script and Bulgarian Culture. In the late 9th and 10th century Preslav, with its Preslav Literary School, was the major spot where the Old Bulgarian, i.e. Slavic literature was developed based on the newly invented Cyrillic alphabet. St. Naum of Preslav and St. Kliment of Ohrid were the two most important Bulgarian disciples of the investors of the Slavic script, St. Cyril and St. Methodius.
Antonov's model of the inner city of Veliki Preslav (i.e. "Great Preslav") is 4 meters long and 3.6 meters wide, and is made of 20 types of plants. The Preslav History Museum has already decided to include the model in its permanent display.
The model features the palace of the Bulgarian Tsar, the Patriarch's residence, the ruler's basilica, barracks, baths, and residential buildings.
Antonov is known for having created models of the Rila Monastery and the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, among others.
Veliki Preslav became the second Bulgarian capital in the Balkans, after in 893 AD the leadership of the First Bulgarian Empire decided to move the capital there from the nearby town of Pliska, which was connected with pagan traditions.
Veliki Preslav was capital of Bulgaria from 893 till 971 AD when it was captured by Byzantine troops, and Bulgaria's capital was moved to Ohrid located in today's Macedonia.
After in the mid 9th century, Bulgaria adopted Christianity and took up and developed the Cyrillic/Slavic script, the new capital was designed to be a new start in these traditions. It is connected with the reign of the most successful Bulgarian ruler, Tsar Simeon I (893-927 AD), was recognized as Tsar, i.e. Emperor of Bulgaria, by the Constantinople Patriarch.
The unique model of 10th century Veliki Preslav, the second Bulgarian capital in the Balkans. Photo by BGNES
Post by TsarSamuil on May 27, 2011 16:50:51 GMT -5
Bulgarian Muslims Frightened by Nationalists, Mull Not Praying Outside.
Novinite.com Domestic | May 27, 2011, Friday
The Sofia Muslim community considers not praying so often outside the mosque anymore, as well as turning down the volume of the Sofia mosque's loudspeakers, after violent clashes erupted a week ago.
Last Friday, supporters of the far-right Ataka (Attack) party shocked Bulgaria as they assaulted praying Muslims in front of the Banya Bashi mosque in downtown Sofia in what started as a rally protesting against the use of loudspeakers by the mosque.
On Thursday, Ataka leader Volen Siderov came out with declaration, warning that paid thugs pretending to be Ataka activists might stage new provocations during Friday's Muslim prayer in Sofia. Siderov stated he has never preached violence and those who attacked the Muslims last Friday were, in fact, not Ataka members.
"The Sofia municipality and the state institutions have promised us we will be able to carry out our Friday prayer as we always do. We will talk with the municipality about not praying in front of the mosque so often," Husein Hafazov, Chief Mufti Office's general secretary, said Friday, as cited by the Dnevnik daily.
Last Friday, nationalists got angered by the fact that Muslims were praying out in the open, stating they disrupted public order.
The volume of the mosque's loudspeakers has been turned down to as low as possible and the loudspeakers themselves have been lowered in order to prevent the sound from spreading too far, Hafazov also said.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 31, 2011 13:30:14 GMT -5
Annoyed liberal article ;D
Bulgarian Ruling Party Implicitly Backs Extreme Nationalists in Mosque Scandal.
Novinite.com Domestic | May 29, 2011, Sunday
The Sofia Municipality will request a decreasing of the volume of the Sofia central mosque speakers, stated mayor Yordanka Fandakova Sunday.
Speaking in an interview for TV7, the Sofia mayor, who is a representative of Bulgaria's center-right GERB ruling party, said the measure will be taken to tone down tensions following the May 20 incident, in which representatives of extreme nationalist Ataka party, including MPs, attacked Muslims during Friday prayer.
The Ataka supporters had gathered that Friday on a protest motivated precisely by a request to lower the allegedly excessive volume of the minaret speakers of the Banya Bashi mosque in downtown Sofia.
Several persons of both sides were injured in the disgraceful incident, which provoked the outrage of Muslims and large parts of Bulgarian society.
Key GERB representatives, including PM Boyko Borisov, Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov and Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandakova failed to firmly condemn the events, simply characterizing them as a "lamentable" incident marking the inception of campaigning for municipal and presidential elections in the fall.
Municipal and police authorities have also rejected any blame for allowing the incident to happen, saying Ataka were the only ones to blame.
Sunday Fandakova said that the Ataka supporters had obviously breached public order and full investigations are underway.
Nevertheless, she said she will press for lower levels of sound from the mosque during prayers.
"We will do everything possible to lower the volume, in order to decrease tensions. I believe that in this way we will go back to a normal tone of discussion, for safeguarding religious freedoms precludes interfering with public order by means of excessive noise from loudspeakers," stated the mayor of the Bulgarian capital.
Fandakova added that to that end she will hold extensive talks with Muslim religious authorities in Bulgaria, as well as with the trustees of the central Sofia mosque.
GERB, which has a large minority of 117 MPs out of 240, has been relying on support from Ataka since the 2009 general elections, but relations between the two parties have soured of late.
The sound of the loudspeakers at the Banya Bashi mosque in downtown Sofia will be turned down and one or two of them, located in the mosque's entry hall, will be removed.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, the Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, and the Chief Mufti, Mustafa Hadzhi.
The mosque's Board will also apply all possible effort to limit the number of Muslims, praying outside, on the sidewalk, by using the second level of the building which can hold 900 people, Hadzhi says.
Tsvetanov explained no events are to be held from now on in the mosque's vicinity during the Friday prayer.
On May 20, supporters of the far-right, nationalist Ataka party, led by party Chair, Volen Siderov, shocked Bulgaria as its rally protesting against the use of loudspeakers by the mosque in downtown Sofia got out of hand, and activists of Ataka assaulted praying Muslims in front of the mosque.
The incident has had wider repercussions, all the way from Bulgarians flocking to lay flowers at the mosque as a sign of apology, to the start of investigation of Ataka for stirring ethnic and religious hatred and the consolidation of the voters of the Bulgarian ethnic Turkish party DPS (Movement for Rights and Freedoms).
The Interior Minister informed about 6-7 individuals have been identified from video cameras, some not from Ataka; they have all been interrogated, but the Prosecutor's Office is yet to request anything else.
It was reported meanwhile that Siderov had refused to officially acknowledge the receipt for the fine of BGN 2 500 imposed on Ataka by the City Hall over the incident.
Bulgaria's former Tsar and Prime Minister, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, wrote Wednesday, in his personal blog, the incident is a disgrace for Bulgaria.
Shame Boris III had such a liberal traitorous son...
Bulgaria marks Thursday, June 2, the 135th anniversary of the death of one of the most prominent Bulgarians - the publicist, poet and revolutionary Hristo Botev, who gave his life for Bulgaria's independence.
The anniversary will be commemorated all over Bulgaria with official ceremonies and laying of wreaths. At precisely 12 noon sirens invite people to a minute of silence to pay their respect to Botev and all people who have perished in the fight for Bulgaria's independence..
Hristo Botev was born on December 25, 1847 in the town of Kalofer, in the family of the teacher Botio Petkov and Ivanka Boteva.
From a young age, Botev was noticed for his intellect, talent and rebel spirit. He left Bulgaria to study in Russia where he became strongly influenced by Russian revolutionaries. He was expelled from school and started working as a teacher as well as newspaper publisher, collaborating with the entire revolutionary immigration.
Botev began writing poetry while still in school, under the influence of the Bulgarian folklore and songs glorifying the "haiduts" - rebels and outlaws fighting the Ottoman oppressors.
His first poetry book was published in 1875, together with Stephan Stambolov, under the title "Songs and Poems from Botev and Stambolov."
Botev's poetry soon became very popular and his poems turned into folklore - they were sung as folk songs without people even knowing their author's name.
After the start of the April Uprising, which had the goal to liberate Bulgaria and is considered the apogee of the fight for independence, Botev began organising a troupe to enter Bulgaria and help the rebels.
Botev and part of the troupe boarded the "Radezki" ship in Gurgevo (Romania) on May 30, 1876. From the ship Botev sent articles describing the grave situation of the Bulgarian people to several foreign publications as well as his famous goodbye letter to his family.
The troupe convinced the German captain to let them leave the ship at the Bulgarian port of Kozlodui and started moving in the direction of the Balkan Mountains where most of the battles of the April Uprising were taking place.
On June 2 Botev's troupe engaged in its heaviest fight with the Turkish army. Botev was hit by bullet and died at the foot of peak "Vola" in the Balkan, near the town of Vratza.
June 2 was officially declared as the Day of Botev and of Those Who Have Perished in the Fight for Bulgaria's Independence on May 31, 1993 with a decision of the Council of Ministers.
Russian Orthodox Church to Honor Bulgarian Batak Martyrs.
Novinite.com Society | June 3, 2011, Friday
The Russian Orthodox Church has made the decision to officially honor the Bulgarian victims of the Batak and Novo Selo Massacres in 1876.
The information was announced by the Bishopric in Bulgaria's Plovdiv, saying the decision was made in Sankt Petersburg during a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church under the leadership of the Russian Patriarch Kiril. Russian Bishop Ilarion, Chair of the Department for Foreign Relations of the Moscow Patriarchy, delivered a report dedicated to the Bulgarian martyrs.
Ilarion, who took part in the first ever commemoration and solemn mass in veneration of the newly canonized Batak victims, informed the Russian Holy Synod of the canonization of Bulgarian people who perished for their faith, nation and homeland in 1876.
After listening to the report, the Synod proclaimed they received with deep gratitude the news about the canonization and consider the participation of representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Bulgarian mass of extreme importance.
The Russian Holy Synod then decided to honor the memory of the Batak victims on May 17 and of the ones from Novo Selo on May 9.
In April 1876, Bulgarian freedom fighters rebelled against the authorities of the Ottoman Turkish Empire seeking to liberate their nation and create an independent nation state.
April Uprising was crushed with great violence by Ottoman forces, when an estimated 30,000 Bulgarians, mostly civilians including women, children, and elderly, were slaughtered. Coverage in the European press led to an international outrage and a humanitarian intervention in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.
Between 4000 and 5000 Bulgarians were butchered in the Batak Massacre – in the southern town of Batak – described by journalist MacGahan in a shocking account, while some 700 were slaughtered in the region of Novo Selo, Kravenik, Batoshevo, and Apriltsi – villages in Northern Bulgaria near Lovech.
Macedonia's ruling coalition wins general elections.
SKOPJE, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Macedonia's ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski won Sunday's snap parliamentary elections, election authorities said Monday.
The ruling coalition, after all ballots were counted, garnered 38.98 percent, followed by the opposition Socialist Democrats led by former President Branko Crvenkovski with 32.78 percent, the State Election Commission said.
It said the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration, a partner in the ruling coalition, took 10.24 percent, while the Democratic Party of Albanians got 5.9 percent.
When it is translated into seats in the 123-seat parliament, the ruling coalition will gain 56, which falls short of a majority to form a government by the coalition itself. It has to find a coalition partner.
It is an unwritten rule that an Albanian party be invited to join the government to reserve ethnic balance.
Ethnic Albanians account for one-quarter of the country's 2.2 million population.
Macedonia's law stipulates the parliament must be formed by June 25 and the government by Aug. 25.
Major tasks facing the new government are to intensify reforms and strengthen the economy in order to bring the small Western Balkan country closer to its strategic goal of joining the European Union and NATO.
Voter turnout in Sunday's elections was 63.48 percent, or about 1.2 million people out of 1.8 million eligible voters cast their ballots, the election commission said.
The polls came after several months of bitter political wrangling between the ruling government and the opposition.
The opposition, unsatisfied with Gruevski's work, walked out of the parliament in January.
Sunday's general elections were the seventh in the country after its independence from former Yugoslavia since 1991 and the second snap elections amid a domestic political row since 2008.
Parvanov Hints Bulgaria Disturbed by Compromise Name in Macedonia-Greece Dispute.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | June 6, 2011, Monday
Certain geographical references in the proposed compromise in the Macedonia-Greece name dispute might be unacceptable to Bulgaria, Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov hinted in Slovenia.
"We will support every compromise name for Macedonia, but seeking a name in a geographical aspect can generate public tension in Bulgaria," Parvanov stated in Ljubljana at a joint news conference with Slovenian President Danilo Turk on Monday, as cited by Focus.
The notorious name dispute between Macedonia and Greece has been going on since the former declared independence in 1991. Greece is concerned that the recognition of Macedonia's name could allow it to have territorial claims for it since much of northern Greece is also in the geographic region of Macedonia. The dispute has led Greece to technically block Maccedonia's accession to NATO and the EU; it has been the reason that Macedonia is a member of the UN under the name "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia."
The latest suggestions by the Greek government for a compromise name of Macedonia mentioned last week by Greece's Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas have been "Northern Macedonia" and "Upper Macedonia."
Speaking in Ljubljana Monday, Parvanov warned that a geographically-based compromise name for the Republic of Macedonia can cause tensions in among the Bulgarian citizens, and "not so much among the institutions."
"I am giving as an example what is heard these days – compromise names such as "Northern Macedonia" or "Upper Macedonia" must be commented keeping in mind the fact that Pirin Maceodnia, which is Bulgarian territory, is also part of Northern and Upper Macedonia. What would the population of this part of Bulgaria say?" Parvanov told journalists in the Slovenian capital.
"But let our friends find a common name, we Bulgarians will find a way to express our constructive position," the Bulgarian President said reminding that Bulgaria was the first sovereign nation to recognize the independence of Macedonia, and to do so under its constitutional name.
He further noted that Macedonia no doubt had to have an European perspective, and that the sooner the name dispute is settled, the sooner its way towards the EU and NATO membership will be opened.
"Greece and Macedonia must make there choice based on the already proposed names. We must also take into account the delicate moments, which President Parvanov mentioned," Slovenia's President Danilo Turk said in turn.
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