Troops Sent to Help Patrol Bulgaria-Macedonia Border Only Have Monitoring Functions

Politics » DIPLOMACY | August 27, 2015, Thursday // 10:06| Views: | Comments: 2
Bulgaria: Troops Sent to Help Patrol Bulgaria-Macedonia Border Only Have Monitoring Functions Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, photo by BGNES

The group of 25 troops sent to help Border Police at the Macedonian border only has the right to monitor but not to detain, let alone shoot, according to Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov.

In a Thursday interview for the Bulgarian National Television he assured that the troops had no intention whatsoever of shooting, adding that they had been equipped with the lightest equipment possible.

Responding to criticism leveled against the measure, Mitov noted that the troops had been sent to the border to defend Bulgaria’s national interest and to guarantee the security of Bulgarian citizens, taking into account that the Interior Ministry had insufficient resources and was busy guarding the Turkish border.

He drew attention to the fact that refugees and economic migrants were two different groups of people, stressing that the latter had to be returned to their countries.

Mitov, as cited by, said that Bulgaria had signed agreements on the matter with a part of the countries of origin of the immigrant flow and called for urgent negotiations had to with the remaining ones.

Regarding the increased migratory pressure on Macedonia and Serbia, he called on the countries of southeastern Europe to intensify integration efforts in order to be able to cope with the common problems.

Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister also urged the Western Balkans to show that they can solve the current problems together amid mutual trust and to prove that this is not a region of instability.

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LC - 27 Aug 2015 // 12:54:11

Could you please remove hate speech comments as per European Law:

Many people still don't seem to understand that the coming of many educated migrants (or young migrants wishing for nothing more than an education) present such a great opportunity for all those European countries that are facing huge demographic problems in the future. Bulgaria is one of those countries and should welcome those wanting to settle here and contribute to society. Otherwise, who will be paying the pensions and other taxes for the common good in future?? I am also against people migrating with the sole purpose to take advantage of social benefits in other countries without contributing themselves, but honestly, I don't really see a real danger from people trying this in Bulgaria....after all, you can't squeeze water from a stone...

Seedy - 27 Aug 2015 // 11:52:34

Shoot them and then "integrate" them into the soil of Bulgaria.......stop them while we still can, Mitov. If you aren't able to do the job then stop getting paid for being ineffectual and make way for someone who CAN protect the borders of this country!

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