The government accepted Bulgaria to support EU enlargement with northern Macedonia and Albania. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva after a regular meeting of the Council of Ministers. “Bulgaria supports the start of EU membership negotiations with the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Albania under clear conditions set by Bulgaria,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Zaharieva stressed that the separation of the two countries would be a mistake that could also lead to instability in the region. “Regarding the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Bulgarian government and state, recognizing the first new state, then the Republic of Macedonia, our country has always supported the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the countries of the Western Balkans,” Zaharieva said.
“At the same time, however, Bulgaria has always placed the Republic of Northern Macedonia and not only the respect for good neighborly relations. This is clear from the 1999 declaration, followed by the Memorandum of support for Euro-Atlantic and Euro-integration and climax: the signing of the Neighborhood Treaty in 2017, “the Foreign Minister said.
The results of the joint commission with Northern Macedonia cannot be a surrogate between the truth and their political propaganda, but must be clearly and accurately reported,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov. From his words it became clear that one of the conditions that Bulgaria sets for Northern Macedonia is the completion of the work of the intergovernmental history commission. “For us, this means not trying to find any compromise between historical facts and truth and the fabrications they have imposed on themselves over the last 50-60 years. They imagine that, on the one hand, are historical facts and, on the other, political facts or fictional arguments. And something medium to do. No, history cannot be a compromise, “he added.