Bulgarian PM Rules Out Closing Border over Syrian Refugee Wave
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has said he is not in favor of closing the country’s border with Turkey over the growing refugee influx from Syria.
“Of course, we have discussed this option, but, as I have declared several times, closing the border would not solve the problem, since the problem is humanitarian, above all,” Oresharski has told reporters.
He pointed out that the Bulgarian borders are well guarded, with all asylum-seekers detained by border police before they reach the country’s asylum centers.
Oresharski said the main risks for Bulgaria’s national security derive from the potentially vast number of Syrian refugees that may enter the country, as well as the possibility of “radicalized elements” being among them.
The Bulgarian PM reiterated that his country would seek European Commission help in order to deal with the refugee influx.
It was announced recently that Bulgaria has capacity to accept only an additional 1 000 refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict, while 4 000 are already in Bulgarian shelters.
Local ultranationalist parties Ataka and VMRO insist on closing the border with Turkey.
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Sorry for the interference, hojo, but Your text....;-)
(1)"We have to be grateful that a major decision such as closing down a strategic EU border is made in Brussels and not in Sofia"-----joking? Any of the "old EUropeans" (France, Italy, Germany, Denmark etc) at any moment and at their sole discretion will close the border, if they find it "of vital necessity" for their State ( but with "full and sincere respect" to Bruxelles, sure);
(2)"EU didn't ask you to join them, Bulgaria joined willingly"--- It's about geopolitics, hogo. Spheres of influence. EUssr' task: to tear a state out of the post-USSR Russia' possible/real influence. The same right now: look at the EP'nervous resolution (September, 12) criticising Russia's “geopolitical goals, which have put Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia and Georgia in a precarious position”. See? To hell with EU high standards, when the EU "correct geopolitical goals" - to dragg the above states into EU [sphere of influence] - is at stake.
(3)"When you join a club-and this is the world's most exclusive club [a spider to a fly:"velcome to my exclusive club"], - you have to abide by rules...Otherwise the exit door is always open."--stop making laugh Your own shoes, hojo ;-). To fall into a web is possible, but to get out of it...
(4) "i would not even like to imagine what a sad picture that would be for the average Bulgarian struggling on a daily basis if that vital external financing dried up."---Fear not, old boy, do imagine...close Your eyes, re-open them and You will see: nothing will change for the AVERAGE Bulgarian...
We have to be grateful that a major decision such as closing down a strategic EU border is made in Brussels and not in Sofia. Also remember Yane that the EU didn't ask you to join them, Bulgaria joined willingly. When you join a club - and this is the world's most exclusive club - you have to abide by rules (i know rules are not a very popular concept in Bulgaria). Otherwise the exit door is always open, but that means no more motorways, schools, hospitals, small business loans financed by the German, Dutch or Scandinavian taxpayer. Bulgaria already being in dire straits, i would not even like to imagine what a sad picture that would be for the average Bulgarian struggling on a daily basis if that vital external financing dried up.
The Kapitan Andreevo-Kapikule border crossing is the 2nd busiest in the world with 4 million people crossing. Most of EU's trade with Turkey and the Middle East goes thru this border by truck. Do you think it's sensible to close one of the world's most important border crossings and cripple the EU economy over 2,000 refugees who are here temporarily and surely are looking to go to Germany, Netherlands or Scandinavia instead of looking for a livelihood in a country where the average salary is the same or lower than in Syria?