Bulgarian MPs Scrap Motion to Close Border for Refugees
Bulgarian lawmakers rejected Wednesday a proposal to close the country's border with Turkey and Greece for asylum seekers.
MPs from the ultranationalist Ataka party and the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, voted in favor of including the item in the agenda, while the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, and the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, voted against and abstained.
Before the vote, however, GERB declared they will do everything to prevent the adoption of the proposal on grounds Bulgaria has international commitments.
Only 18 MPs voted for the proposal; 165 were against, and 4 from BSP abstained.
Bulgaria is undertaking measures to accommodate all potential refugees that might arrive from Syria seeking shelters from the devastating civil war conflict.
The number of refugees in the Balkan country is expected to reach 11 000 by the end of 2014.
There are over 6 000 refugees in the country now, while the capacity is estimated at 5 000.
Earlier Wednesday, the MPs rejected the pro-Russian Ataka's proposal for the country to declare "neutrality" in case of a military conflict in the Middle East.
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