North Macedonia: Government says Sofia has not requested the constitutional inclusion of Bulgarians in the country

North Macedonia: Government says Sofia has not requested the constitutional inclusion of Bulgarians in the country

After today’s statement by Foreign Affairs Minister Bujar Osmani that he has nothing against the inclusion in the Constitution of the Bulgarians as an ethnic community but that no such thing has been requested so far, in a statement to “Nezavisen” the Government stated that North Macedonia is “a civic state and our constitution guarantees the rights of all citizens regardless of their nationality.”

The statement adds that “so far in the negotiations with the Republic of Bulgaria there has been no discussion about the inclusion of the Bulgarian ethnic community in our constitution and there has been no such request from the Bulgarian authorities.”

The government emphasizes that “ethnic diversity is what makes this country recognizable to the world and of which we should all be proud. The government will always take preventive actions in order to strengthen the rights of each individual or group.”

North Macedonia President Stevo Pendarovski, in a statement to “Slobodan Petsat” reiterated Osmani’s and the Government’s remarks stressing “that such a thing was not requested by the Bulgarian side.” He adds that at the moment he sees no need for changes in the Constitution. The head of state stressed that “the approval and possible amendments to the Constitution are our exclusive sovereign right and responsibility.”

The discussion about the possible introduction of the “Bulgarian minority” in the Constitution of North Macedonia commenced after Osmani’s unfortunate statements on the “Click Plus” show on TV21.

“Bulgarians in North Macedonia should feel completely free citizens who can organize as a collective community and will have all the rights and, if necessary, their reference to the Constitution,” Osmani said, once again causing problems and irritation in the Government. /ibna