site.btaBSP Firmly Objects to Actions of North Macedonia’s Authorities in relation to Gotse Delchev Birth Anniversary
In a position published on Sunday, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) firmly objects to the actions taken by North Macedonia’s authorities in relation to the observances in Skopje of the 151st birth anniversary of revolutionary Gotse Delchev. “Bulgarian nationals were purposefully prevented from crossing the border and paying tribute at his grave, unacceptable disrespect was shows towards official Bulgarian representatives, the coverage of the observances by the Bulgarian media was made difficult, a blacklist of EU nationals banned from entering North Macedonia was announced,” the position reads, adding that the tension had been incited for weeks, culminating in the events of February 4.
According to the BSP, the decision of the 47th National Assembly to greenlight the Skopje-EU accession negotiations was hasty. The actions of North Macedonia’s authorities confirm the BSP’s assessment that the country has not yet shown the necessary progress, the position reads further.
The Socialists call on the caretaker government to strictly adhere to the National Assembly’s declaration of February 2, which restored the unity of the Bulgarian positions on Sofia-Skopje relations. The BSP also calls on the EU Member States and the European Commission to assist so that the Republic of North Macedonia returns to the implementation of its commitments to Bulgaria and protect the rights of citizens self-identifying as Bulgarians in that country.