North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski personally joined the campaign against Bulgaria after the opening of the Ivan Mihailov Cultural Center in Bitola, Nova TV reports.
“The opening of cultural centers everywhere in the democratic world leads to the rapprochement of peoples and their cultures, but to name a cultural site of a person who is a proven collaborator of the fascist regime of World War II does not serve this noble cause,” the statement said. of Pendarovski on the occasion of yesterday’s ceremony in Bitola, which was attended by many Bulgarian politicians from all parties.
“I do not dispute the good intentions of Prime Minister Petkov, but yesterday the Bulgarian delegation included representatives of the previous government in Sofia, who were the most vocal opponents of Macedonia’s path to Europe. Their presence and statements minimized the messages of good neighborliness and cooperation. the Bulgarian prime minister, “Pendarovski added.
According to him, in 2017 the idea of forming a historical commission was aimed at finding a compromise on historical events and personalities that should be celebrated together by both the Macedonian and Bulgarian people.
“Unfortunately, yesterday in Bitola an attempt was made to present a proven collaborator of the Nazi Hitler regime as a bridge for rapprochement between the two countries,” he added.
“I am convinced that neither the Macedonian nor the Bulgarian people believe that the personality and / not / the work of Ivan Mihailov can contribute in this direction,” Stevo Pendarovski added.