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Foreign Minister Zaharieva: Bulgaria to Support Start of North Macedonia

09.10.2019
October 9 (BTA) - Bulgaria will support the start of the Republic of North Macedonia's EU accession negotiations, but Bulgaria will demand that certain goodneighbourliness conditions are met, which are included in the framework position approved by Cabinet, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told journalists at the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. "What we adopted is that Bulgaria supports the start of negotiations with the two countries [Albania and North Macedonia], by underscoring that their separation would be a mistake that could lead to instability in the region," Zaharieva said. Intermediate and ultimate goals during the negotiations process with North Macedonia are set in the framework position, which Cabinet adopted on Wednesday. Among the conditions which Bulgaria will want to see met before the first intergovernmental conference with North Macedonia is held, in case the European Council decides to start negotiations (on October 15 at the level of foreign ministers, and on October 17 at the level of prime ministers), are for the Republic of North Macedonia to stop and refrain from conducting a policy, in whichever form, which supports and encourages claims concerning the so-called Macedonian minority in Bulgaria, and to unambiguously declare that it does not have historical and demographic grounds to seek a minority status. Bulgaria demands that the Republic of North Macedonia declares in a note verbale to UN countries that the Treaty with Bulgaria is being implemented in its entirety when it comes to the so-called language clause, regardless of the Prespa Agreement. In addition to that, the Republic of North Macedonia must activate a process of rehabilitation of the victims of the Yugoslav communist regime, who were repressed because of their Bulgarian consciousness. The Republic of North Macedonia also has to remove texts from signs, memorial plaques and buildings, which openly instill hatred towards Bulgaria, such as those containing descriptions like "Bulgarian fascist occupiers". The framework position also notes that before the first intergovernmental conference is held, which is to approve the negotiations framework, Bulgaria will insist on setting clear criteria for the implementation of the Treaty of Friendship, Goodneighbourliness and Cooperation, especially when it comes to the work of the Joint Multidisciplinary Commission of Experts on Historical and Educational Issues between the two countries. Special attention is paid to the issues surrounding the linguistic norm and the use of the full name of the Republic of North Macedonia. A review will be conducted on how these conditions are met and on the progress of changing literature, history and geography text books in the Republic of North Macedonia before the second intergovernmental conference is held, which is to open the first negotiation chapter. Bulgaria shall not allow the Republic of North Macedonia's EU integration to be accompanied by a European legitimation of a state-sponsored ideology based on anti-Bulgarian sentiments. The Republic of North Macedonia shall state clearly that its shortened name has nothing in common with the geographical region of North Macedonia, part of which falls within Bulgaria's borders. The framework position will demand that school curricula on the subjects of history and literature in both countries be harmonized with the findings of the Joint Multidisciplinary Commission of Experts on Historical and Educational Issues. It shall be clear that the linguistic norm, declared as a constitutional language in the Republic of North Macedonia, is connected with the changes to the language imposed in the former Yugoslav republic. No document in the accession process can be viewed as a recognition by the Bulgarian side of the existence of a so-called "Macedonian language". Ekaterina Zaharieva said that the position has been submitted to Parliament, the President and adopted during a European Affairs Council. Bulgaria will agree on the Republic of North Macedonia's actual accession only after it has met all the criteria in the negotiation chapters, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister said. Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov told journalists that according to the Bulgarian position, this country will not stop North Macedonia from starting EU accession negotiations, but this is preceded by a few stages, such as the first and second intergovernmental conferences. That is why it is clearly stated in Bulgaria's framework position that the Republic of North Macedonia has to meet a few conditions before the first intergovernmental conference is scheduled. There is another package of conditions that must be met by the Republic of North Macedonia before the second intergovernmental conference takes place. "The speed of negotiations with [North] Macedonia largely depends on their political will to be honest and not trying to play with us, like they have been doing in the past two years," Karakachanov said. *** The framework position's part pertaining to the negotiation process with the Republic of Albania says that the process shall be tied to the progress concerning the future steps for guaranteeing the rights of the Bulgarian national minority. "We expect that the rights of the Bulgarian national minority will be guaranteed to the fullest, including through teaching the standard Bulgarian language as a mother tongue, without imposing administrative obstacles, in settlements traditionally populated by them, such as Golo Bardo, Gora, Prespa, Korce, Kukes, Elbasan," the Council of Ministers' press release reads. RY/MY // Source: Sofia, http://www.bta.bg/en/c/DF/id/2087514
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