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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Bulgaria lures Albanian Gorani
Bulgaria is intensifying its efforts for expanding the minorities in
Balkan, including Kosovoa nd Albania, by offering Bulgarian citizenship
to the Goran community, according to SETimes.
The same offer goes to the
Macedonia Gorans, concentrated in 18 villages in Gora and near the
Prespa Lake, on the Macedonian side.
The President of the
Macedonian Gorans Association, Avnija Rahti, declared that the Bulgarian
state has officially offered the Bulgarian citizenship to this
community and free education in Sofia and Plovdiv.
belonging to the Goran community must sign the documents in which they
declare their Bulgarian origin and that they feel part of this country”,
Skopje reacted immediately, considering this initiative as illegal, while the Albanian authorities held no official stance.
Agency for Bulgarians in the World organized the visit campaigns and
the conversion of the Goran communities. The association expresses on
its web page that their mission is to join and unify all Bulgarians
throughout the world.
More than 16.000 Macedonian received
Bulgarian citizenship one year ago, together with 2000 Ukrainian and
1000 Serbs and only 6 citizens from Kosovo.
“1500 citizens in
Zhupa and Prespa have received the Bulgarian citizenship”, confrimed
Gezim Kurti from the Albanian side, as Chairman of the Bulgarian
Association in Albania, when asked by SETimes.
This movement was
criticized by the Bulgarian expert for international relations and
professor Antoinette Primatarova, who declared in the local media:
is a Bulgarian move for winning political advantages in poor Balkan
countries, by exploiting the advantages offered by their passports”.