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Bulgarian veto / US ultimatum to Sofia: You have 40 days for Albania and North Macedonia

  • 11/22/2021 4:39 PM
Bulgarian veto / US  ultimatum to Sofia: You have 40 days for Albania and North Macedonia

The Bulgarian veto on North Macedonia and Albania has caused serious concern in the US Congress. The two congressmen officially addressed a letter to the Bulgarian ambassador to the United States, asking it to change its position, to lift the veto.

"Bulgaria must finally resolve the dispute with North Macedonia in order for Skopje to start negotiations for membership in the European Union by the end of the year," reads the letter from two members of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republicans William Keating and Claudia Tenny have sent to Bulgarian Ambassador to Washington Tihomir Stoychev. Keating is also chairman of the subcommittee responsible for the region.

The letter was published by VOA in Macedonian and gives the Bulgarian government 40 days to reflect.

"We hope that you will put aside the differences and support the full political integration of North Macedonia and Albania into the European Union," reads a letter from the bipartisan congressional group to Bulgarian Ambassador to Washington Tihomir Stoychev, asking to resolve the bilateral dispute with North Macedonia, so that the country can start negotiations with the European Union by the end of the year. So within 40 days, the new Bulgarian government must resolve this issue.

The letter added that further delays in the progress of North Macedonia and Albania towards the EU would call into question the efforts of Western leaders and open the door to anti-Western political influence in the region, particularly from China and Russia.

 

/Klara Ruci/