Radev: Respecting the rights of Bulgarians in North Macedonia is the gateway to the EU

Radev: Respecting the rights of Bulgarians in North Macedonia is the gateway to the EU

Respect for the rights of Bulgarians in the Republic of North Macedonia is the doorway to the country’s accession to the European Union, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said.

The head of state also commented on the issue of damaged Bulgarian military cemeteries in the Republic of North Macedonia, on which he underlined that the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry and Defence Ministry are investigating the case.

“This has not yet been documented, but it is a systematic process of de-bulldozing, a process of reviving the destruction of our cultural and historical heritage in the Republic of North Macedonia. It is no coincidence that I put this question to the Council in Ljubljana very simply. This is the prelude to the door to the integration of the Republic of North Macedonia into the EU – the rights of Bulgarians, non-discrimination, and their full integration into the cultural, economic, social and political life of this country. It is extremely important that our support for their demands be recognized in the Constitution of the Republic of North Macedonia, solemnly announced by the President, the Council of Ministers and the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia,” said Rumen Radev.

“We will certainly react, we will not allow any more cases like this,” said the head of state, according to whom the real problem in the southwestern neighboring country, which has taken the road to accession, is the de-bulgerization and discrimination of people with Bulgarian identity./ibna