Thursday, December 07, 2006

Macedonian Parliament Draws up Declaration Supporting Macedonians in Bulgaria

Skopje. The Macedonian Parliament will adopt a declaration on the rights of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria, proposed by Liljana Popovska’s Democratic Renewal of Macedonia, the Macedonian Utrinski Vesnik newspaper writes.
Although the opposition did not stop criticizing the government that it reacted with a delay, the declaration is reportedly going to be backed up by a vast majority. Several MPs from the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity - Vlatko Gjorcev, Petar Poparsov, Goce Markovski, Vele Georgievski, have sent letters to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Council of Europe and other European institutions. They express their support for OMO Ilinden-Pirin registration, the newspaper reports.
The MPs’ reaction comes after the press violently criticized Bulgaria’s treatment of the party members, the edition adds.
Popovska reminded that the declaration would be highly important only if the Parliament adopted it with an overwhelming majority.
“In this way we will show that that the state insists on respecting human rights of the minorities in the Balkans,” Popovska has stated.

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