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President Rumen Radev: Panic and helplessness lie behind the closure of the Bulgarian centre in Bitola

President Rumen Radev
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"The decision of the authorities in North Macedonia to delete from the central register the Bulgarian association Cultural Center "Ivan Mihailov" in Bitola is an expression of powerlessness," President Rumen Radev commented to journalists in Brussels. 

According to him, the decision is an expression of panic and powerlessness and it is time for the authorities in the Republic of North Macedonia to admit that there are Macedonian Bulgarians - "not from today, not from yesterday, but from centuries, from 1300 years, that there is a Bulgarian history, a cultural-historical heritage" . 

The Bulgarian head of state was categorical that erasing the names of the Bulgarian clubs will not erase the firm determination of Bulgaria and the European institutions to include the Macedonian Bulgarians in its constitution, which is the starting point for its European integration.

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