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Bulgaria, Macedonia See Little Progress in 'Friendship Treaty' Talks

Politics » DIPLOMACY | December 13, 2013, Friday // 18:38| Views: 1611 | Comments: 6
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Bulgaria: Bulgaria, Macedonia See Little Progress in 'Friendship Treaty' Talks Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin (R) and his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki (L). Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister believes that no significant progress has been achieved so far in the country’s good-neighbor agreement talks with Macedonia.

“Based on our talks today, we may rethink some phrasings; we may invite a Macedonian diplomatic team, so that the work can continue,” Kristian Vigenin said after meeting with his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki in Sofia on Friday, according to the Bulgarian National Radio.

Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister said Macedonia is not expected to receive a date for the start of negotiations with the EU at the upcoming General Affairs Council sitting – but added that “there would be nothing fatal in that.”

Bulgaria and Macedonia share a common past and a similar language.

Relations between the two countries have been strained since late 2012, when Bulgaria joined Greece in vetoing an EU decision to set a starting date for accession negotiations with Macedonia.

Bulgaria's grievances are against discrimination in Macedonia against citizens who determine themselves as Bulgarians, as well as against Macedonia’s encroachment on parts of Bulgaria's historic and cultural heritage.

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joppy - 15 Dec 2013 // 18:22:38

Peter, I don't agree with Seedy's comments, but last time I checked (FY)ROM isn't exactly a prosperous Balkan Switzerland now is it. Your country has it's own problems and plenty of them which are just as serious as ours. I suggest you concentrate on them and we will concentrate on ours instead of bickering about BS such as who deserves the right to the Macedonian name, or what the nationality of some ancient king was, it doesn't matter its ancient history, the present is more important.

As for the cancer remark, they say that about the whole Balkans, truth being it is neither us, nor you, nor Greeks, nor Romanians which are the cancer of Europe, the cancer is further to the West.

Seedy - 15 Dec 2013 // 17:26:46

Unless you are implying that only Greeks are able to see Macedonkeys for the self-deluding idiots they are? If so, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news: they are a laughing-stock to more of the world than just Greeks......

Seedy - 15 Dec 2013 // 17:23:38

Yeah - Macedonkeys and other mongrels like to quote that about Greeks but just what relevance it might have to me rather escapes me, I'm afraid. However Adams certainly changed his views of Greeks subsequently, so I fear that Mr Google has sent you on another wild goose chase.....

Peter7260 - 15 Dec 2013 // 16:41:57

Seedy,your anti Macedonian rhetoric won't help your country to get out of bankruptcy.
You are the cancer of Europe.
John Adams was right to characterize Greece as "corrupted in their morals to such a degree,as to be faithless,perfidious race,destitute of courage..."
There is no need to add anything further.

Seedy - 15 Dec 2013 // 14:04:10

Why does Vigenin appear to be wearing a crystal sombrero - or is he trying to conform to Macedonkey notions of style and taste? ;)

joppy - 15 Dec 2013 // 13:56:11

Is this what are government is concerned with??? Just leave that damn country alone, let them do whatever they want as long as it doesn't involve territorial claims or other BS like that. First fix our own country's problem and then we can worry about the problem's of neighboring countries.

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