MACEDONIA ANSWERS BULGARIAN NOTE
Macedonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) responded Wednesday to the verbal note of protest conveyed yesterday by Bulgarian authorities to Macedonian acting ambassador Divna Trickovska involving the case of Gevgelija-native Spaska Mitrova, "a Bulgarian citizen".
- Both counties must not allow citizenship and passports to be abused as an alibi in connection to divorce issues or tax evasion, such as the case of ex-minister of health Vlado Dimov. We expect the Bulgarian authorities to distance themselves from this classic manipulation of human fates, because relations between the two friendly countries must not be held hostage by people seeking justification for their family quarrels and crimes, reads a statement by MoFA.
Authorities in Sofia yesterday sent a verbal note due to the three-month jail sentence of 23-year old Mitrova. According to them, the court has sentenced Mitrova only due to the fact that she is Bulgarian. They claim they "have found other facts raising suspicion that Bulgarian citizens as well as Macedonian citizens proclaiming to be Bulgarian are under administrative and police pressure only because of their national self-awareness". In the note, Sofia goes further by warning it will "review Macedonia's treatment of this and other similar cases as one of the criteria, which are crucial for assessing country's readiness to change and kick-start its Euro-integration."
The Gevgelija-native Spaska Mitreva is sentenced to three months in jail for not allowing her ex-husband to visit their 2-year old daughter, thus failing to observe a ruling of relevant judicial and social institutions.