Monday, January 22, 2007

Neighborly Matters

Skopje. The Skopje-based newspaper Vecer published today an article entitled “Neighborly Matters” whose anonymous author in a very vulgar way comments on the claims that a Bulgarian visa for Macedonians costs EUR 120. The author says that it’s too expensive and Macedonians can spend the same amout of money on a vacation in Greece instead in Bulgaria. According to the anonymous author, Bulgaria is not interested in watching Macedonians “dawdling on its territory, which will now become a Promised Land for drunken English fans, who will be able to drink, stick their bottoms out and rest for little money”. The author uses the same style further on in the article when commenting on the Bulgarian passports issued to Macedonians. The author claims that the Bulgarian state issues passports so that it can prove in the future that the Macedonians are Bulgarians and argue that there are many Bulgarians in Macedonia.
By getting Bulgarian passports, Macedonians also get the right to vote in Bulgaria. Thus, they can vote in favor of OMO Ilinden – Pirin (United Macedonian Organization: Ilinden-Pirin) or in favor of a Macedonian who has been nominated for an MP. The author also comments on the case about the registration of OMO Ilinden – Pirin and criticizes the passiveness of the Macedonian ambassador in Sofia. At the end of the article, the author argues that the time will come for retribution for the bad and inadequate attitude of the Bulgarians and Greeks to the Macedonians. Then, the Bulgarians and the Greeks will recognize the existence of the Macedonian nation, the author says.

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