BAN IS PROVOCATION TO GOOD NEIGHBOURLY RELATIONS
The banned gathering of Macedonians at Jane Sandanski's tomb is unnecessary provocation to good neighborly relations," foreign ministry's spokesperson told Makfax news agency.
The foreign ministry's spokeswoman Shpresa Jusufi commented the decision of the Blagoevgrad's district governor to ban the Macedonians in Bulgaria pay their respect to Jane Sandanski.
"We are disappointed with such move showing that somobody prefers to invest in mortgages of the past and create unnecessary provocations," Jusufi said.
The ban on Macedonians' gathering at Rozen monastery (Bulgaria) next Sunday to honor Macedonian revolutionary Jane Sandanski, came after the decision of the mayor of the Sandanski city to allow the Macedonians pay their respect at Sandanski's tomb on the occasion of the aniversary of his death.
"We welcome the decision by Sandanski mayor and we assume it contributes to good neighborly relations, and it is in line with the official policies of the two countries. The joint observance by official delegations of foreign ministries of the two countries wil be a genuine confirmation of good neighborly relations," Jusufi added.
As announced behorehand, deputy foreign ministers of Macedonia and Bulgaria will bow before the Jane Sandaski's tomb on 24 April, two days after the observance, which Macedonians in Bulgaria intend to attend despite the ban.
MD: OMO Ilinden stated they will visit the monastery anyway, despite the ban