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Statues of diplomats and public figures will be erected on new building of Foreign Ministry in Skopje

April 10, 2012

FOCUS News Agency, 10.04.2012

After Gotse and Dame, Bulgarian Simeon Radev will have a monument in Skopje, Macedonian http://www.mkd.mk writes, referring to the reports that a sculpture to diplomat and writer Simeon Radev will be erected on the building of the Foreign Ministry in Skopje.

According to the Macedonian Foreign Ministry statues of diplomats and public figures will be erected on the new building and to the Bulgarian media the statue of Simeon Radev is the latest piece of evidence of “the Bulgarian origin of Macedonians,” says the Macedonian website.
Todor Cepreganov, director of the Institute of National History, says Macedonian history does not present Simeon Radev as a Macedonian.
“On the contrary. Radev’s bond with Macedonia is only his place of birth – Resen. And nothing else. His life is dedicated to the Bulgarian state and idea,” Cepreganov told mkd.mk.
The Foreign Ministry says statues of world diplomats and public figures will be erected on the roof of its new building and Radev’s statue is part of this idea.
Other people who will have statues on the roof of the building are U.S. President George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Russian king Peter the Great, Chinese general Sung Tzu, Italian politician Giuseppe Mazzini, Greek historian Thucydides, British politician Winston Churchill, says the Macedonian website.
A monument of Simeon Radev, author of the Builders of Modern Bulgaria, has been erected in Skopje, readers from the Macedonian capital city informed FOCUS News Agency.
A bust of Simeon Radev has been placed at the roof of the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thus, the author of the Builders of Modern Bulgaria book is the latest Bulgarian historical figure to be declared a Macedonian.
Skopje has also erected monuments and busts of Samuel of Bulgaria, VMRO leaders Gotse Dlechev and Damyan Gruev, the repressed and disclaimed Metodi Shatorov, killed by Serbs at the Malevi Skali, Pazardzhik district, and Metodi Andonov – Chento, who was imprisoned in Idrizovo during the process of debulgarisation in Macedonia.
The FOCUS News Agency reader has sent a photo of the monument.
Historians recall that the idea for the pre-emption and co-opting of Simeon Radev is not a new one. Macedonian diplomats and historians wanted to place a commemorative tablet of Radev in Paris.
Simeon Radev is a prominent Bulgarian public figure, diplomat, writer and publicist.
In his fundamental work – the Builders of Modern Bulgaria – he writes the following:
“The vital currents of Bulgaria’s new life come from the Renaissance. This is where we should look for the virtues of the spirit and will, which helped the Bulgarian nation overcome the difficulties faced by a young country and risks of a wild history.”
Probably this text should be written on the monument in Skopje.
“I congratulate the Macedonian Foreign Ministry, which has erected a monument of prominent Bulgarian diplomat, historian and writer Simeon Radev,” said historian Bozhidar Dimitrov, Director of the Bulgarian National Museum of History, in a commentary for FOCUS News Agency.
“When I heard about it, I could not believe it, but a big hope arose in my heart that one day my bust will be erected in front of the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje. Because the decision to erect a monument of Simeon Radev – author of the Builders of Modern Bulgaria, and not of the Builders of Modern Macedonia, and a long-lived diplomat in the Bulgarian and not the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – means only one thing and it is that secretly the Macedonians confess that they are Bulgarians and that their Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a branch of the Bulgarian,” Dimitrov commented.
“Ergo, I hope that one day the Museum of Macedonia (it is not called National Museum of Macedonia but Museum of Macedonia, i.e. – of district of Macedonia), will become a branch [of the Bulgarian National Museum of History], too and my bust will be placed in front of it,” Dimitrov remarked.
“But why should we stop here,” Dimitrov asked and added that a monument of general Kliment Boyadzhiev, for instance, could be erected in front of the Ministry of Defence.
“Respectively, monuments of other prominent Bulgarians could be erected in front of the rest of the ministries,” the Bulgarian historian said.
Despite the attempts of FOCUS News Agency to get a comment on the issue from the spokesperson for the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, there is not any so far.
  Picture: FOCUS News Agency

Who climbs on Foreign Ministry – Theodor Roosevelt or Simeon Radev, champion of Macedonia’s separation?

Who has climbed on the Foreign Ministry – Theodor Roosevelt or Simeon Radev, the champion of Macedonia’s separation? This is the title of a report published in http://www.plusinfo.mk regarding the sculpture that was erected on the roof of the Macedonian Foreign Ministry.
One of the sculpture erected on the new building of the Macedonian Foreign Ministry, which is still under construction, has sparked comments, writes Plusinfo.
According to the Service for Common and Joint Affairs at the Macedonian government, the sculpture depicts the 26th U.S. President Theodor Roosevelt. Still some bloggers claim it is Simeon Radev, a prominent Bulgarian publicist, historian, diplomat, author of one of he first history books about the third Bulgarian state – Builders of Modern Bulgaria. He was a diplomatic representative in Bucharest, Bern, the Hague, Ankara, Washington, London and Brussels. In his works Radev calls himself “a Bulgarian from Macedonia” and the Slavic population in Macedonia Bulgarian.
Bloggers analyze the photo of Simeon Radev, which Plusinfo releases, is most probably the historical document used to make the sculpture. The director of the Service for Common and Joint Affairs at the Macedonian government, Vase Donevski, would not answer his mobile phone when Plusinfo tried to contact him several times today, the Macedonian website says.
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