Bulgarian President Wants Reset of Relations with Macedonia

Diplomacy | September 8, 2012, Saturday // 13:52|  views

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Bulgaria and Macedonia are two sovereign nations whose present and future are unbreakably tied together, stated Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in a letter to his Macedonian counterpart George Ivanov.

Saturday Plevneliev sent an official address of congratulation to Georgiev on occasion of Macedonia's Independence Day, September 8.

"It is our common duty to strengthen good neighborly relations, to seek consensus and oppose division," said the Bulgarian President.

"Bulgaria is extending a hand to Macedonia and we are awaiting concrete evidence that we are in a new phase of developmen of our relations," added Plevneliev.

In his letter, the Bulgarian President further welcomes a prior statement by Ivanov, who said in Brussels that intepretation of history should be left to historians, and that politicians and societies in the two countries should live in friendship.

The statement comes just days after Plevneliev and Bulgarian Minsiter of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov said that their country will not make any concessions to Macedonia regarding cultural and historical heritage.

The Macedonian press has already written that the office of the Macedonian President has reacted somewhat lukewarmly to those statements.

"We must make it impossible that divisions of the past mar our common future which has the European idea at its fundament," said Plevneliev.

In particular, the Bulgarian President said that the two countries must start organizing joint celebrations of historic events important to both of them.

According to him, that would be a statement of friendship and re-affirmation of joint democratic and peace-loving values.

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Tags: Rosen Plevneliev, Nikolay Mladenov, history, macedonia, Macedonian, Independence Day, George Ivanov


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