Macedonia is the most romantic and most tragic part of Bulgarian history, said Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov, evoking a similar comment from former President Petar Stojanov. Karakachanov insisted that this is the reason why Bulgaria can’t allow Macedonia to advance toward the EU without first making major concessions on issues of national identity and history.
He says that agreements are signed to be respected. Unfortunately, the Macedonian side thought they were signing an agreement which they may not fulfill.
“After all the tribulations over the years and the terror after 1944 in Tito’s Yugoslavia, there are still people there who call themselves Bulgarians. We have a moral and historic duty toward these people,” said Karakachanov.