As far as the registration of OMO Ilinden – PIRIN is concerned, there are attitudes instilled in advance and their victims are the people unfamiliar with the concrete situation, Evgeni Kirilov, a Bulgarian MEP from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, told FOCUS News Agency.
He was asked to comment on the news reports in the Macedonian media after the release of the report by the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg.
“When we discuss the topic with German counterparts, I ask them whether there is an Austrian minority in Germany. So all these issues gradually start getting understanding – in this way it is evident that everything is unfounded. Actually it is quite logical from Bulgarian point of view that Bulgaria does not make claims there is a Bulgarian minority in Macedonia. And more and more people will understand this is just one non-existing problem. It is used in this poorly understood identity our neighbor is talking about,” said Kirilov.
I think the Council of Europe understands the issue of the so-called Macedonian minority is absolutely groundless. Obviously, the Council of Europe understands our Macedonian neighbors’ common disposition to manipulate and the issue is not on the agenda, pointed out Kirilov.