BULGARIAN TROOPS NOT INVITED TO MACEDONIA

Politics | August 16, 2001, Thursday // 00:00

For the time being, Bulgaria has not been invited to take part in a mission in Macedonia. `We have not received an invitation so far we are familiar with the President`s statement that if we are requested to do so, the established procedure for introduction and consideration of the matter will be followed. For the time being, we have no such indication,` Defence Minister Nikolai Svinarov told reporters asked whether Bulgarian troops will be committed to a mission in Macedonia. Svinarov stressed that if Bulgaria receives an invitation, only Parliament should make a decision. `We have absolutely no information which countries will send troops, and we have not been asked for passage,` Svinarov said, asked whether foreign troops will pass through Bulgaria en route to Macedonia.

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