Sofia demands a special document signed by the government in Skopje that will guarantee full implementation of the Good Neighborliness Treaty between Macedonia and Bulgaria, Macedonian media learned on Tuesday.
Bulgaria is blocking Macedonia as part of negotiations on a draft negotiating framework being discussed at EU Council’s Working Party on Enlargement and Countries Negotiating Accession to the Union (COELA) and countries negotiating accession.
Bulgarian sources claim that Bulgarian officials are blocking the start of negotiations on Macedonia due to a number of reasons related to respect for good neighborly relations.
According to sources in Sofia, if these problems are not overcome by the end of September, Bulgaria will not give in and will block the formal start of negotiations for Macedonia, which according to the announcements from Berlin should take place in December.
In the document, which does not reveal what the name should be, the Macedonian side must accept all Bulgarian positions regarding history, textbooks, GoceDelchev and other revolutionaries, calling the Bulgarian army from World War II as fascist and several other issues.
This document was indirectly announced a few days ago by the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Karakachanov, who said that Macedonia will not start negotiations with the EU until it meets Bulgaria’s demands.