Sunday, February 11, 2007

Macedonian flag removed from Bulgarian consulate in Bitola

The Macedonian national flag has been removed from the stand outside the Bulgarian consulate in Bitola.

The flags of the European Union, NATO and Bulgaria are still flown at a full-mast.

Bulgarian Consul General Ilijan Karamanov made no comments as to the reasons for removal of the Macedonian flag, saying he will give additional details later upon a written request.

Interior Ministry sources told Makfax news agency that the consulate is an extra-territorial zone and Bulgaria has no obligation to put Macedonian flag outside its consulate.

It's a free-will assessment and a matter of good will of countries with consular offices in Macedonia, Interior Ministry representative said.

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