Bulgarian Prime Minister Acknowledges Existence of Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria

April 8, 2003

MILS News

PRIME MINISTER SAKSOBURGOTSKI - THERE ARE FEW THOUSANDS BULGARIANS WITH MACEDONIAN ORIGIN IN BULGARIA

"Bulgaria acknowledges the minorities in the country. In 2001 few thousands of citizens declared as Bulgarians with Macedonian origin, and 3 thousands of citizens stated that the Macedonian language is their mother language. These numbers show the fact that we have very good understanding for that issue", stated Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saksoburgotski in the Parliament of Europe.

As MIA reports, Saksoburgotski stated that Macedonia and Bulgaria and neighboring countries, which have mutual history and mutual goals. Saksoburgotski who will visit Macedonia on April 18 stated that visits of the state officials will stimulate the relations between the two countries.

"Dnevnik" writes that representatives of the seven Macedonian organizations in Bulgaria these days held meeting under patronage of the World Macedonian Congress. Thereby, they adopted the resolution for uniting of Macedonians in Bulgaria in order to realize better cooperation and coordination.

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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