Politics | October 6, 2001, Saturday // 00:00

`Bulgaria is a serious candidate for NATO membership in 2002,` US Committee on NATO President Bruce Jackson told Bulgarian Parliament Deputy Speaker Yunal Lyutfi. `Bulgaria showed that with its position during the Kosovo crisis, and then when it stated its firm support for the world anti-terrorist coalition,` Jackson added. Bulgaria is conducting a consistent policy, according to him. Jackson was in Sofia for the summit of the NATO applicant countries hosted by President Petur Stoyanov. Lyutfi emphasized the role of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms in the strengthening of ethnic peace in Bulgaria against the background of developments in the Balkans.Jackson assessed positively the political and ethnic pluralism and the social and political situation in Bulgaria. He attributed great importance to the continuity of foreign policy priorities.

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