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World Macedonian Congress and Macedonian Manifesto reject agreement with Bulgaria on anti-Macedonian grounds and harmful to national and state interests

The agreement with Bulgaria is against the good neighborly relations with Macedonia, says one of the three declarations published Tuesday by the World Macedonian Congress and the Macedonian Manifesto due to concerns about the state of the Macedonian state and nation regarding the announced signing of the agreement on good neighborly relations between the two countries and the announcement for joint celebration of the Ilinden holiday.

We believe that the agreement with the Republic of Bulgaria is against the good neighborly relations with the Republic of Macedonia, because Sofia does not recognize the Macedonian people and the Macedonian language, it does not recognize Macedonians in Bulgaria and suspends their rights and freedoms, inaugurates a “common” Macedonian-Bulgarian history with negation of Macedonian history, it proclaims Macedonia as the “second Bulgarian state”, implies a revision of Macedonian history in Macedonian books and literature and establishes a joint Macedonian-Bulgarian celebration of significant dates, events and figures from the history of the Macedonian people as Bulgarian, reads the declaration containing 15 points.

The president of the World Macedonian Congress Todor Petrov added that Ilinden is a national holiday for the Macedonian people, not a Bulgarian national holiday.

We remind that August 2nd is a day of Macedonia’s statehood and a national holiday of the Macedonian people, not a Bulgarian national holiday. Macedonians in their homeland and across the diaspora will never accept a treaty with Bulgaria on anti-Macedonian foundations, said Petrov.

The other two declarations refer to the defense of the name of Macedonia and the identity of the Macedonian nation, that is, the sovereignty, unity and statehood of Macedonia.

The EU and NATO are not worthy of changing the name of the state and the identity of the nation, said Petrov at Tuesday’s press conference.

The World Macedonian Congress also calls for rejection and non-recognition of any other name except the Republic of Macedonia and rejection of any referendum.

On the whole territory of the Republic of Macedonia and in its international relations, the official language is only Macedonian and its Cyrillic alphabet, according to the World Macedonian Congress and the Macedonian Manifesto.