Graham Watson: Time for Europe to take Closer Look at Bokova

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Bulgaria: Graham Watson: Time for Europe to take Closer Look at Bokova Sir Graham Watson. File photo, EPA/BGNES

UNESCO head Irina Bokova is the best candidate to take over the United Nations Secretary General, Sir Graham Watson, MEP and former head of the liberal party, writes.

He points to Bokova's contribution to both UNESCO, the UN cultural body (which “has notably shifted to make a more pivotal role in the fight against terrorism" under Bokova's leadership) and the accession of Bulgaria to the EU and NATO.

“Time for EU member states to take a closer look at Irina Bokova,” he concludes in an opinion piece published by EurActiv, where he also warns Eastern Europe should not take its turn to head the UN for granted. Even though the principle of rotation is an "established convention" within the UN, "there is a real risk that if Eastern Europe is unable to unite around a credible candidate, it could be overlooked for Latin America, which has supplied only one Secretary General to date," Sir Graham Watson says.

Bokova is also "the only UN official to receive such praise given the historically frosty relations between the UN and Israel," Watson adds, recalling she has been commended by both Jewish organizations across the world and the Israeli Knesset.

He opines that Bokova meets all the important criteria to take over as UN Secretary General, being a woman from Eastern Europe, an “experienced leader”, "viewed as a safe pair of hands... who can act as a bridge between the leading powers" and having experience of the UN system needed to "navigate the waters and amass and provision the ships of this huge fleet" of approximately 44 000 staff.

Commenting on EU Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, whose name had often been mentioned as a potential candidate, he says: "Kristalina is too valuable to lose from Europe".

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Tania Oz - 20 Mar 2016 // 17:38:06

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I've done heaps of research on Bokova and her family recently, and there is alot of questionable activity that has involved her and directly linked to her, going way back to her father, and 2 husbands and extended family. The more I dig the worse it gets. Once a comrade always a comrade and she covers her tracks well. Her prime education was at Moscow University and her 2 kids are Russian born and they all live and work in the USA now. Her second husband Kalin Mitrev (a Director with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was hastily appointed during the Oresharski government, when they dismissed former Director Slavova without reason) and Bokova were having an affair in New York whilst they were both married. Her first husband an alcoholic, Lubomir Kolarov, posing as a journalist at the time and trying to get his press accreditation, was booted out of the USA along with Bokova when she was a permanent delegate of UNESCO for Bulgaria. Mitrev was also working in New York at that time. Upon returning to the USA Bokova and Mitrev had divorced their spouses and were by then married. Her brother Filip Bokov was part of Stanishev's government and got a diplomatic post to Slovenia. And her nephew Georgi Bokov a gangster and arms dealer was killed in a car crash along with his wife near Emona. And there is a long list of Bokova's questionable activities and conflicts of interest throughout her career, other than personal facts. Her father's activities have been rewritten leaning to more of a journalist rather than the ugly truth of who and what he was, on her biographies and CV.

Does the UN and the world want a commie thoroughbred masquerading as a neutral unambiguous stateswoman? She is no golden girl by any means but a commie apparatchik, even though she famously burned her commie membership card and distanced herself from her commie roots. And a favourite daughter of Putin. He'd be delighted if she won the post of Secretary General of the UN. And I don't like the BGN government's sickening sycophantic view of Bokova. I thought we were supposed to be moving on from that state of mind.

Tania Oz - 20 Mar 2016 // 17:35:38

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Inikol: I agree with your comment. And the petition link you have given works, but without the brackets. The nearly 400 comments on the petition are very interesting. Watson is certainly championing Bokova and elevating her experience and qualifications for the top job at the UN akin to a deity. Probably wants to keep their mutual values close to home in his ALDE party utopian policies free for all society and human rights etc.

This commie POS comes with a major pedigree in commie utopia elite. I'm absolutely disgusted that the BG government has nominated her and given her an allowance to further her ambitions. Not only that, her portfolio has been embellished by the BGN Foreign Affairs Ministry. Why?

Comrade Bokova was one of the few world dignitaries and leaders who was at Putin the Great's World War 11 Victory parade extravaganza in Moscow last year, shoulder to shoulder with Putin and the Presidents of China and Cuba. Most other world leaders and dignitaries from the west shunned the whole affair as a protest to the Russian/Ukrainian situation. She is also in cahoots with the Clintons and has been involved in their Clinton Foundation Global Initiatives, aka the Clintons' private money laundering business. On top of that Comrade Bokova is being heavily promoted for UN Secretary-General by Chelsea Clinton's mother in law, former congresswoman, Marjorie Margolies, they're all in it together, and no doubt to further Hillary Hillbilly Clinton's presidential bid and her "fight for women" bs. Bokova is Hillary's golden girl at the moment and sucking up to her bigtime.

lnikol - 20 Mar 2016 // 04:30:42

The article by Sir Graham absolute scam in the politics. Former communist Irina Bokova is the daughter of communist Georgi Bokov who \"according to several sources, ... was one of the murderers of the Bulgarian painter, caricaturist-cartoonist, and writer Rayko Aleksiev\" ( She is the hallmark of the communist dictatorship in Bulgaria before 1989 and of the corrupted politics after 1989 which has made Bulgaria one of the poorest countries in Europe today. Sir Graham Watson completely models a story that does not relate to Bokova at all. According to media, UNESCO even wanted to impeach Bokova for bad leadership. During her employment with UNESCO she used her position to have tried to gain numerous awards becoming 25 times Doctor Honoris Causa without having own doctor thesis. This is a form of bulling of the academic system and a corruption of the leadership of UNESCO.

Irina Bokova is not the least valuable candidate for UN leadership, but a danger for using UN for new corruption and preventing the global society to rehumanize. She was nominated by the Bulgarian government because of the strong pressure of the communists who still continue to corrupt, criminalize and demoralize Bulgaria. There is petition No to Bokova for UN (

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