Bulgaria Says Not Asked to Take Part in Syria Military Action
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has said that the country’s Euro-Atlantic partners have not asked it to take part in “any initiatives in Syria.”
Oresharski told the Bulgarian Parliament on Wednesday that his government would favor a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
He said a unified decision on behalf of the UN Security Council would be the most adequate way out of the crisis.
“We have already established a tighter control of our borders,” the Prime Minister said, referring to the refugee wave from Syria.
“We have even discussed closing the borders in case of an emergency,” he said, adding, however, that this measure would be extreme and undesirable from a humanitarian point of view.
“This is a new problem for the Bulgarian country. We have never encountered any kind of refugee waves so far,” Oresharski admitted, saying Bulgaria considers seeking assistance from the European Commission and the UN if the refugee influx increases.
Bulgaria, which shares a border with Turkey, may have to provide shelter for as many as 10,000 Syrians by year end, Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev said earlier.
On a daily basis, some 40-50 immigrants, most of them Syrians, seek asylum in Bulgaria.
To cope with the situation, the Security Council at the Prime Minister's Office decided last week to strengthen border surveillance, to allocate more facilities to the accommodation of refugees and to seek assistance from the EU in the case of an increase in refugee numbers.
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