Sofia, Skopje to fight propaganda on both sides of the border – exit

North Macedonia and Bulgaria have vowed to root out hate speech and both countries must prepare a specific approach to such cases, according to the bilateral protocol signed by the two foreign ministers on Sunday.

The first and most important condition remains that the Bulgarians as a people are included in the Macedonian constitution, for which there is still no support in the Macedonian parliament. However, other commitments aim to resolve the good-neighborhood issues between the two countries.

The government of the Republic of North Macedonia has stated that it will also create the necessary comprehensive legal framework for the full opening of the archives of the state security services from the communist era, including the police, civil and military intelligence and counterintelligence during the period 1945-1991.

The historical question is also included in the protocol. The two countries agree to celebrate together in 2022 and 2023 all common historical events and figures already agreed upon by the joint historical commission.

The Government of North Macedonia will prepare and present a sample lesson for the seventh grade of the educational program dedicated to King Samuil, which both countries have agreed is a common historical figure.

North Macedonia also aims to change the content of the geography textbook for 14-year-old students related to identified unsubstantiated ethnic and territorial claims to Bulgaria by the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

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