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Bulgaria: president, no unblocking veto N.Macedonia in EU

Radev, Parliament signed a blank bill of exchange

26 June, 19:50
(ANSA) - SOFIA, 26 GIU - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has harshly criticized the resigning government and deputies after the recent decision of the Sofia parliament to approve 'the French offer' to override the Bulgarian veto on the start of negotiations on North Macedonia's entry into the EU. Bulgarian media today emphasize Radev's statement that "the French proposal contains many of Bulgaria's basic demands," such as including Bulgarians living in North Macedonia in the Macedonian constitution alongside Albanians and Macedonians, "but it could have carried more weight if our politicians had paid more attention to the French presidency's entire proposed package, including the Bulgarian-Macedonian protocol." "The parliamentarians signed a blank bill of exchange after they voted in favor of something they could not even read and that will lead future governments to conduct sterile discussions with the other side on the various disputes," the chairman added.

Radev is referring to the Bulgarian-Macedonian protocol, which is part of the 'French package.' This document has not yet been signed by the respective sides and has already been called "unacceptable" by the Macedonian premier, Dimitar Kovacevski.

The protocol contains Skopje's obligation to respect the rights of Bulgarians in North Macedonia, not to distort historical truth by appropriating the authorship of important people and figures deemed to belong strictly to the Bulgarian historical and cultural tradition, not to incite hatred against Bulgaria, including through schoolbooks, and to recognize that Macedonian is a dialect of Bulgarian while considering it official for North Macedonia. (ANSA).

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