Macedonian Minority Organizations in Bulgaria Unite

April 7, 2003

RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

PRFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 66, Part II, 7 April 2003

MACEDONIAN MINORITY ORGANIZATIONS IN BULGARIA UNITE. Organizations of the ethnic Macedonian minority in Bulgaria met in the eastern Macedonian village of Novo Selo on 5 April at the invitation of the World Macedonian Congress (SMK), the Skopje daily "Utrinski vesnik" reported. Representatives of the United Macedonian Organization Ilinden (OMO Ilinden), the United Macedonian Organization Ilinden-Party for Economic Development and Integration of the Population in Bulgaria (OMO Ilinden-PIRIN), the Secret Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (TMRO), the Independent Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (VMRO-nezavisna), and other organizations signed a protocol to form an umbrella organization. The Community of Macedonians is to represent the minority, which has some 5,000 members, according to the 2002 census.

See the
MHRMC's 2001 Annual Report - The Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria for more information on human rights abuses against Macedonians in Bulgaria. This includes problems with the latest census for Macedonians, who are estimated to number over 500,000.

       
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