Zaharieva: Sofia Recognises Macedonian Identity Created After 1945

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said in an interview for German online magazine that official Skopje denies the fact that Macedonia and Bulgaria share mutual history. “A separate Macedonian identity was officially formed in the first half of the 20th century, precisely in 1945, and Bulgaria recognises this identity. However, Skopje tends to represent national heroes like Goce Delcev as Macedonian only, and we also witness many cases of rewriting and translation of literature and songs which are originally Bulgarian so that they appear more Macedonian. Skopje keeps on avoiding their obligations contained in the 2017 Good-neighbourliness Agreement, and Bulgarians living in North Macedonia are facing constant discrimination,” Zaharieva said.