The Macedonian issue in Bulgarian-Yugoslav relations, 1969 – 1975 - Списание "Македонски преглед"

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The Macedonian issue in Bulgarian-Yugoslav relations, 1969 – 1975


In the period 1969 – 1975 the relations between Bulgaria and Yugoslavia developed dynamically. In 1969 the relations exacerbated, as a result of the military intervention of the Warsaw Pact forces in Czechoslovakia. 

Bulgaria took the initiative to improve the relations by proposing that the Macedonian question should not be brought to the fore, but contacts in areas of mutual interest should be developed instead. However, Yugoslavia wanted the existence of a “Macedonian” national identity to be recognized first. In 1970, Bulgaria proposed to two countries to sign a document in which to declare that they had no territorial claims against each other. 

Yugoslavia’s request for this to happen only with the recognition of the existence of a “Macedonian minority” on the territory of Bulgaria doomed the negotiations to failure...

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