North Macedonia: No progress made on work of Historical Committee

North Macedonia: No progress made on work of Historical Committee

After two days of consultations, the North Macedonia-Bulgaria Historical Committee wrapped up exactly where it picked up from; with no agreement on any work. No progress was made in this 12th meeting on the discussion of history textbooks, and no agreement was reached on issues related to the Middle Ages. The committee did not raise the issue of Goce Delchev and his final collective memory, although it was on the agenda.

According to the proposed agenda, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today that the topics of discussion were issues related to the content of the minutes of the 10th meeting, the preparation of recommendations for history textbooks in order to overcome the differences arising from different and highly politicized interpretations of the past, alongside the harmonization of the text recommendation for the collective memory of Goce Delchev.

“On matters relating to the minutes, the members of the Committee approved the minutes and it was decided in March that the members of the Committee would work on approving the minutes from the 11th meeting and the annual report of the Commission. No progress was made in the discussion on the history textbooks, as was the case in the previous meeting. Despite constructive discussion and a desire for progress, no agreement was reached on issues related to the Middle Ages. Significant differences in approaches and understanding of the role of historical education and educational policies remain. As the debate on the history textbooks continues, the Commission did not raise the issue of Goce Delchev and his final collective memory at this meeting, although it was on the agenda,” the Foreign Ministry announced in a statement.

The discussion on these issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, will continue at the next meeting of the Committee, which will take place on 22 and 23 April 2021. /ibna