MINELRES: Fwd: Bulgaria: developments with the Macedonian minority party

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MILS NEWS                    Skopje December 07, 2006


PARLIAMENT TO ADOPT DECLARATION ON MACEDONIAN COMMUNITY'S RIGHTS IN
BULGARIA?


The European Council has postponed the decision on the political party
of the Macedonian community in Bulgaria "OMO Ilinden Pirin". Acting on
request tabled by Bulgaria, the Committee of Ministers has postponed the
debate on the decision of the authorities in Bulgaria not to register
"OMO Ilinden Pirin" as a legitimate political party for a week, Channel
5 TV said. 

"The police in Bulgaria have been pressuring members of "OMO Ilinden
Pirin" to quit the party in order to reduce the party membership below
5.000, thus reducing the necessary limit of 5.000 members for
registering the party, which now has over 5.800 members. The police have
been taking in "OMO Ilinden Pirin" members for questioning, with
intentions to inform them of the dangers of being a member of the party,
"OMO Ilinden Pirin" representatives told Channel 5 TV. 

Authorities in Macedonia said they would insist that Bulgaria registers
"OMO Ilinden Pirin" as a legitimate political party. DOM's President
Liljana Popovska has started lobbying Parliament to adopt a declaration
for registering the party and for recognition of the Macedonian minority
in Bulgaria. VMRO-DPMNE MPs pledged to send letters with the same
demands to all European institutions, which was backed by the opposition
SDSM and DUI, Channel 5 TV said. 

The Macedonian community in Bulgaria was left without a political party
in 1999, when the authorities in Bulgaria declared "OMO Ilinden Pirin"
as a separatist party. The Court in Strasburg recently ruled in favor of
"OMO Ilinden Pirin". The authorities in Bulgaria said they complied with
the court ruling and paid the fine for refusing to register "OMO Ilinden
Pirin". 

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