26 November 2020
Skopje – In general, the approach of using historical issues as a political tool is wrong. Historical controversies, misunderstandings and historiographical disputes should be resolved by historians, not politicians, Dragi Gjorgiev, chair of the Macedonian team in the joint Macedonian-Bulgarian commission for historical and educational issues, told Deutsche Welle.
Skopje – The anti-fascist struggle is built into the foundations of the modern Macedonian state and in that struggle, we fought against those who were on the side of the fascists, North Macedonia’s President Stevo Pendarovski said.
Skopje – Our statehood rests on the anti-fascism actions. Our freedom is a result of anti-fascism. The Macedonian people achieved its sovereignty through the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia (AVNOJ) and realized its eternal ideal of own state through the Anti-fascist Assembly for the National Liberation of Macedonia (ASNOM). ASNOM is a historic affirmation of our Macedonian language and our Macedonian identity. But it is unacceptable to give fascism ethnic traits, be it in Bulgarian or any other context. The dark pages of Balkan and European history should not hinder the development of goodneighborly relations in the Balkans and Europe, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Thursday.
Skopje – Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Thursday he understands the reactions on social media following his interview with Bulgarian news agency BGNES but added that the past should not be a limitation in tracing the country’s European path.
Skopje – The Macedonian language an the Macedonian identity are non-negotiable and no one across the world negotiates on identity or mother tongue. Bulgaria acknowledges the reality of the Macedonian language and identity but wants to talk about the history, the past and the roots, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Thursday.
Skopje – I am convinced that Prime Minister wants to truly push the country forward but despite all his attempts, he cannot help our neighbour Bulgaria, because the Bulgarian society, like any other, has to deal with the dark sides of its own past, Culture Minister Irena Stefoska said Thursday in regard to PM Zoran Zaev’s interview with Bulgarian news agency BGNES.
Skopje – As a Government and people in it we will do everything in our power to avoid all of us being hostages of history. The dark pages of Balkan history should not be our destiny and if European nations found the strength to never forget but forgive, then we should do the same. Our attempt, as a Government, is to find solutions that secure our European future, said Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska on Thursday.
Skopje – Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov in a Facebook post on Thursday said history should be left to historians, and politicians should deal with the present and the future.
Skopje – North Macedonia and Bulgaria will resolve all disputes through constructive dialogue, DUI leader Ali Ahmeti assured Ambassador Clemens Koja, the head of the OSCE Mission to North Macedonia, during a meeting on Thursday.
Sofia – Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s interview with news agency BGNES was a step in the right direction, Bulgarian Deputy PM and Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said on Thursday.
Skopje – Health Minister Venko Filipche met on Thursday with the directors of the COVID centers within “Mother Teresa” clinical center and discussed the situation with hospital beds availability and opening of new wards for treating COVID-19 patients.
Skopje – Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani on Thursday addressed the opening of a virtual exhibition “50 Years of La Francophonie – a view from North Macedonia”, an event hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Organization of La Francophonie.
Skopje – A Crisis Management Laboratory at the Skopje-based Military Academy “General Mihajlo Apostolski” opened on Thursday. The laboratory is part of the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) project of the Military Academy and the Crisis Management Center (CMC) in cooperation with the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme. The project aims to digitize the crisis management system, including a swift exchange of data and information on a certain crisis situation.
Skopje – Lawmakers decided Thursday by 61 ‘Yes’ votes to discuss the draft-amendments to the Parliament’s Rules of Procedures in expedited procedure. The changes are set to enable online participation of MPs who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in isolation.
Skopje – The Parliament on Thursday elected by 61 votes in favor Dobrila Kacarska as Constitutional Court judge.
Zagreb — Croatia has registered a record 4,009 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and 51 people have died, the national coronavirus response team reported on Thursday morning.
London – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a new chief of staff.