Solomon Passy: EU, NATO Need to Incorporate Macedonia

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Bulgaria: Solomon Passy: EU, NATO Need to Incorporate Macedonia

The West and the EU and NATO in particular must do their best to incorporate Macedonia, Bulgaria’s former Foreign Minister Solomon Passy has said.

“Currently, the East and the West are waging a battle for Macedonia, it’s not a battle involving Bulgaria and Albania as the Russian foreign minister has claimed,” Solomon Passy told state-run BNT TV channel on Tuesday.

Passy referred to recent comments by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who blamed the political crisis in Macedonia on ‘outside’ forces and asserted ideas of splitting Macedonia between Albania and Bulgaria have been floated. Lavrov’s assertion drew an angry response from Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov

Bulgaria has no territorial claims to Macedonia as the Russian foreign minister had suggested, Passy said. He added Bulgaria has been adhering to this position for the past 25 years.

“It wasn’t a slip of the tongue, it was a very well considered statement and it’s not by chance he has thrown the ball into NATO’s court , saying that Bulgaria and Albania have allegedly been willing to split Macedonia”.

Lavrov’s allegations shouldn’t be underestimated as they are part of the information war being waged at the moment, Passy opined.

Passy, who advised Macedonia’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in 2007-2008 on the country’s bid to join NATO, added that all of Macedonia’s neighbours should do everything within their powers to help the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic bodies.

According to Passy, now Bulgaria doesn’t have the added political leverage it commanded in 2002-2003, when it was a member of the UN Security Council, and in 2004, when it chaired the OSCE.

Currently, Bulgaria can only contribute - jointly with its partners - to integrating Macedonia ‘’but we need to see good will being shown by Skopje as well’’, he said.

Passy welcomed the idea of establishing a grouping of the five southeast European states, which are members of both the EU and NATO (Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania and Slovenia) modelled after the Visegrad Four group in Central Europe (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia).

Setting up a ‘Balkan Visegrad’ group would enable its five member states to extract a very strong added value from the synergy of their membership of both the EU and NATO, Passy opined.

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GrueFski - 1 Jun 2015 // 10:17:48

Just to set the record straight ;-)

Simon (Samuel L. Jackson) in Die Hard 3

GrueFski - 1 Jun 2015 // 10:16:46

Simon says: I am the only Simon here, don't you dare impersonate me ;-)

JAD-M - 1 Jun 2015 // 09:13:16

Fyrom knows what it must do to advance its Euro-Atlantic pretentions. Nothing more need be written here.

GrueFski - 31 May 2015 // 22:46:39

And it's better to share F YROM with Albanians (regardless of whether the Alb part of F YROM becomes an independent country or joins Kosovo or Albania) than do it with Serbia (or Greece). It's not like you could actually get it entirely, ever.

GrueFski - 31 May 2015 // 22:44:07

Here is the link:

"Груевски няма легитимност. Македония все повече се албанизира"


GrueFski - 31 May 2015 // 22:43:02

Here is A. Dzambazki saying Albanians no longer want to share F YROM with Bg.
If that's true still try to persuade them that it is going to take at least 100 years for the entire F YROM to be majoritarily Albanian, this means the easternmost F YROM villages and town, the ones on the Bg border, to have an Albanian majority. It's not enough for Albanians to make up (at least) 50% of F YROM population or to be more than the "ethnic 'Macedonians' " (who are not Macedonians (Greeks), neither does their South Slavic ethnicity, different from Bg one, exist) -- that is, to hold the majority or plurality of the entire F YROM population. Due to the geographic restrictedness of ethnic Albanians in the western and northwestern regions of F YROM, they have to advance, ethnico-geographically all the way to Bg border

GrueFski - 31 May 2015 // 22:28:22

I understand from Bg MEP Angel Dzambazki (or Dzhambazki) that Albanians no longer wish to share F YROM with Bgw: well, we they wanted and proposed you to work together for this aim, you refused. Now it's their turn, even though they are acting stupid (in case A. Dzambazki tells the truth), it will take at least 100 years for the entire F YROM to become majoritarily Albanian simply by birthrate. But maybe they found out that Bg hate Muslims, regardless whether they are or could be friendly, neutral or unfriendly: Turks, Albanians, Bosniaks/Bosnyaks/Bosnjaks. Even Muslim Bulgarians (a minority of Bg are Muslim) are generally at least despised if not hated by Christian Bg, as traitors to Christian faith and collaborators with the Turks against the Christian Bg.

malak petko - 30 May 2015 // 23:17:37

no every Jew is a genius..

GrueFski - 28 May 2015 // 00:13:25

That was actually funny, Yane!
Hopefully those Albanians will increase their percentage from F YROM's total population so that a "civil" (actually inter-ethnic) war is no longer avoidable there.
Now those Nazi Western Great Powers have nothing to blackmail Greece with: country broke, they are the ones who actually need to get their money back.

Yane - 27 May 2015 // 22:34:55

Passy's solution to everything, NATO

Do you have dandruff? NATO!
Does your car have engine problems? NATO!
Did you get a stone in your shoe? NATO!

GrueFski - 27 May 2015 // 21:37:28

Let's see the Nazis now blackmailing Greece into not vetoing F YROM for NATO membership ;)
with what?
btw: Cyprus re-unification could turn it into a second Turkish country, if the Muslims' (Turks') birthrate is or will be in the near of far future higher than the Greeks'
watch out for the trap, Greeks!

GrueFski - 27 May 2015 // 05:23:31

That's indeed very strange, something is going on: it's not only Passy, it's Mitov and Plevneliev too -- maybe the Western Great Powers don't allow Bg and Albania to split F YROM? Well, if that's the case, what advantages are there from being a NATO and EU member for Bg? No expected and hoped-for richness has invaded Bg, the ethno-demographic crisis is growing bigger and bigger, those powers or the ones that wanted to steal Pirin "Macedonia" from Bg and gift F YROM with it (most likely) still want to do that and so on.
Good thing that those idiotic Powers have "antagonized" ("sorry" for the Greek word!) Greece so much, that it will keep on vetoing F YROM from becoming both a EU and NATO member. It could actually be that the intransigence to Greek economy shown by Germany is actually a punishment for having vetoed F YROM from becoming a NATO member back in 2008 (if I remember correctly), when Albania and Croatia did join it. Actually Germany has other reasons too for wanting to punish Greece (in the Nazis' view they have): Greece's role in both world wars (it is a known fact that Germany took its revenge on Serbia both in 1991-1995 when it helped Yugoslavia disaggregate and in 1999 when Kosovo got rid of the Serbs -- those were good things, but that doesn't mean they are entitled to destroy Greece too, they were just defending and promoting legitimate Greek interests in both ww's; especially since by supporting Greece's enemies: F YROM and (before going into the current row with Turkey, having "suddenly" realized just how much of an Islamic dictatorship it really is) Turkey in their bid to steal Greek territories, Germany was hurting the interests of their ww1 and ww2 ally Bulgaria in the process -- the Nazis probably don't care about Bg as opposed to caring about Hungary or Croatia (all of these used to be Germany's allies in ww2) since Bulgarians belong to the Eastern Orthodox faith and they look much less Nazi than Croats or Hungarians, they look Greek or Albanian). Germany also managed to punish Romania for its role in ww1, as early as 1940, when it helped Soviet Russia, Hungary and Bulgaria retrieve some of the Ukrainian, Hungarian and Bg territories, stolen by Romania at the end of the 2nd Balkan War and ww1. It is also funny how they are pretending to have acted correctly when compensating Greece with less than 10% of the total war compensations it owed the latter country and that they don not even have the moral duty to repay the rest of the compensations -- some change of behavior from the good old Nazi times, huh!!!

Passy is incompent - 27 May 2015 // 01:44:51

"Passy, who advised Macedonia’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in 2007-2008"

That statement alone pretty much sums up the incompence of Passy. Gruesvki aside from being a criminal undemocratic racist thug (not empty rhetoric... all caught on tape).... oppresses evidence of Macedonia's ethnic Bulgarian past, teaches schoolchildren that Bulgarian historical figures are "ethnic Macedonians" (he's trying to create a non-existent path antiquity to promote his ancient Macedonian fantasies), and encourages Macedonia's citizens to see part Bulgaria as occupied Macedonia. This is clearly unacceptable behavior... and Passy supports Gruevski!

Jerry - 27 May 2015 // 00:31:08


We have to know in which direction Macedonia will point its guns, NATO, Albania or Bulgaria before institutionalizing Macedonia in NATO?

It seems our fine US Ambassador to Bulgaria has the answer.

Putin - 26 May 2015 // 17:19:33

Laughable that one of the things Bulgaria and Macedonia share is that in the recent past the head of the intelligence services in both countries have been billionaire 'business leaders' widely seen as kingmakers in their respective political circles and completely corrupt. NATO should be keeping its access codes as far away as possible from these people who have more than half a leg already in Russia

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