Serbia sends protest note to North Macedonia over controversial postage stamp

NEWS 09.05.2020 17:55
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Source: N1

Serbia's Foreign Ministry submitted a diplomatic protest note to North Macedonian Embassy in Serbiaover the printing and publication of a postage stamp by the Macedonian Post Office showing the geographical map of the fascist statelet of Independent State of Croatia (NDH) whose mention, the Ministry said on Saturday, evokes memories among Serbs and Serbian residents of the darkest period in world's modern history.

The Foreign Ministry requested that the disputed postage stamp be immediately withdrawn from circulation and that its printing and publication be condemned by the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, the statement said.

The protest note states that Serbia's Foreign Ministry expresses its strongest protest against the printing and publication of the postage stamp with a geographical map of the fascist Independent State of Croatia, which includes parts of the Republic of Serbia all the way to Belgrade, parts of Montenegro and all of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Such attempts at historical revisionism grossly disrupt bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of North Macedonia, as well as cooperation and stability of the entire region,” the protest note reads.

It adds that the publication of the stamp is perceived as a hostile provocation directed against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Serbia, as well as an insult to the entire Serbian people, who “died in hundreds of thousands during the Second World War” in NDH's concentration camps.