MACEDONIAN PARTIES FROM GREECE AND BULGARIA IN THE US
Representatives of political parties of Macedonians in Greece and Bulgaria kicked off a visit to the United States, Voice of America's Macedonian news said.
The visit was organized by the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD). Pavle Vaskopulos, the leader of Rainbow - political party of ethnic Macedonians in Greece, and Stojko Stojkov, the co-president of OMO Ilinden-Pirin from Bulgaria, will discuss with the American interlocutors about the treatment of Macedonians minority in Greece and Bulgaria.
Vaskopulos and Stojkov say they want to update the representatives of the international organizations and governments about the real situation of Macedonian minority in Greece and Bulgaria. They stressed that the US government pledged solidarity with the grievances of the Macedonian minority in these two countries - both members of the European Union.
"As regards the human rights of minority groups, I am ready to say that there is a deficit of democracy in Greece although it is European country. In some way, there is a competition between Macedonians in Greece and in Bulgaria - which of them is in worse situation when it comes to human rights of minorities," Vaskopulos said.
Stojko Stojkov, the co-president of OMO Ilinden- PIRIN, held separate meetings with representatives of the US Congress and State Department. He expressed his disapproval with the treatment of Macedonian minority in Bulgaria, in particular Sofia's refusal to register OMO Ilinden PIRIN as a political party.
"The battle is still on in the Committee of Ministers of Europe, who is to meet on 4 June. I hope that the Committee will eventually comprehend the situation, and I hope that the arguments presented by Bulgarian government will be rejected, and the justice will win," Stojkov said.
MD: Great visit, the event we've posted about two days ago was also part of the visit