The collective stress that we experienced as a nation after our quisling Zaev visited Sofia and the announcements of joint celebration of dates, personalities and events from the “common historical past” is transitioning to a period of sobriety. After the meeting of the SDS leader (Z.Z.) and Bulgaria’s PM in Sofia (B.B.), all we heard was the commonality of our history. Slowly but surely, at home, we listened and read the justified fierce reactions of Macedonian historians, those who are good and objective in their knowledge of our past and the most qualified to discuss these things.
I was not surprised at the insistence of Boyko Borisov to persistently “ride” the todor-zivkov doctrine (as a personal bodyguard to Todor Zhivkov he was closest to the source of that doctrine) for denying the Macedonian nation and forcibly appropriating everything that is Macedonian cultural and historical Heritage (the late Mr. Dragan Tashkovski quite adequately referred to this Bulgarian attitude as “cultural parasitism”). What amazes is Borisov ignorance, or perhaps the deliberate ignorance of some of the things which are reality and part of the historical past of Bulgaria.
Borisov apparently mused with us to celebrate our biggest and brightest historical date and the greatest national and holiest holiday 2nd August, Ilinden, at Mechkin Kamen in the historical town of Krushevo.
But, I would ask Borisov: Are you aware, but since you’re no historian, have your advisers on historical issues not informed you about the fact that Bulgaria itself, 114 years ago (in 1903) before the international public, denied any involvement with the Ilinden uprising claiming that “this is a national act by the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization.”
This is available, believed or not, behind the equator, in distant Australia, for the first time in the book “Ilinden 1903 in the Australian Press”, MA Martin Trenevski, published in 1998 from Matica Makedonska, p. 75-78. The news article presented is based on information received from the British Reuters news agency and published in the Sydney Morning Herald daily:
The report was sent by Reuters correspondent from Sofia under the heading “Bulgaria’s position” (Buglarian Attitude) and the subheading “Rising Purely Internal”.
This report cites parts of the Memorandum that Bulgaria referred to the Great Powers. Refuting the accusations from the Porte (ie the Ottoman Empire) for a Bulgarian involvement in events in Macedonia, the report states that “The port should recognize that the reason for the uprising (in Macedonia) is poor administration (it is thought of Poor governance by the Ottomans) And not a conspiracy from Bulgaria. ”
Already in the second passage, the same report literally states: “General Petrov (Gen. Racho Petrov, M.Tr.) the Prime Minister of Bulgaria said in an interview that the Bulgarian position is absolutely correct. Its borders (the borders of Bulgaria) are carefully defended. THE UPRISING IN MACEDONIA IS PURELY INTERNAL NATIONAL ISSUE OF THE MACEDONIAN INTERNAL COMMITTEE “!
General Petrov’s statement even more explicitly conveyed also on August 18, 1903, in The Age from Melbourne, where four individual reports are practically the very genesis of the publication of General Petrov’s reaction. Namely, this is a reaction in response to a memorandum from Russian Foreign Minister Count Lamsdorff to the Bulgarian government. Melbourne’s “The Age” quotes General Petrov, who in his memorandum, besides the aforementioned statement, also states that “his government carefully protects the border (with Macedonia) to prevent illegal passage from Bulgaria. The rifles carried by the insurgents Are not supplied by Bulgaria, but are mainly French guns that Turkish officers are selling to Macedonians because they received small salaries … “.
Will Borisov deny his predecessor – the former Prime Minister, General Racho Petrov? Will Borisov, as a responsible politician accept that before the facts the Gods are silent too? Or will he still insist on a “common history” and similar nonsense that official Bulgaria persistently tries to impose on us !?
Let’s believe that in the meantime the Macedonian side will be cut off from the enthusiasm for finding common solutions for historical dates at all costs (without taking into account the catastrophic consequences for us as a nation) for all the issues contained in the friendship agreement that is nothing but a coward egg that binds and blackmails us as a condition for Sofia to support Macedonia in its Euro-Atlantic integration.
The Macedonian side should absolutely sign a friendship treaty with Builgaria, when official Sofia returns over 2 tons of gold it stole from Macedonia during WW2, recognizes the large Macedonian minority in Bulgaria, the return from Bulgaria of all the relics stolen from the church of St. Clement in Ohrid, including the crown of the Ohrid Archbishops and numerous other churches and monasteries throughout Macedonia, the golden relics of Trebenishta etc. There is a complete list of what was stolen in the Macedonian museum of History.
Once this is accomplished, lets sign a friendship agreement.