Osmani says in Bulgaria’s interest the region to integrate into EU

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said Monday he was an optimist that the North Macedonia-Bulgaria joint commission on historical and educational issues would find a solution to the Goce Delchev issue.

“I have faith in the expertise of our historians to find a joint text on the matter,” Osmani said at a joint press conference alongside Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).

Asked what if the commission didn’t find a solution to the Goce Delchev issue, he said he wouldn’t ‘jump to conclusions.’

Bulgaria has been demanding that all open issues should be closed before the opening of North Macedonia’s accession negotiations with the EU.

“I leave it to the commission to convene and to try and find a joint solution, to settle the differences. I don’t want to be a pessimist over the prospect that they might not succeed,” Osmani told the news conference.

According to him, the best way to overcome differences is the two countries to communicate.

Citing an article of the Friendship Treaty, Osmani said Bulgaria should support North Macedonia’s EU integration efforts. “We will insist on this agreement to be respected and the whole communication to take place as part of the framework regulated under the agreement. It is in the joint interest of the two countries,” the FM stressed.

It is also in Bulgaria’s interest, he noted, the whole region to integrate into the European Union.