Politics | October 8, 2001, Monday // 00:00

`An update of the Bulgarian Army Reform Plan 2004, a completion of the review of structures and combat power and a revision of the regulatory framework are among the priorities of the military reform,` Defense Minister Nikolay Svinarov said in a National Radio interview on October 7. `In the longer term, there are plans to draft two bills: on the military reform and on resettlement of redundant servicemen,` Svinarov said, adding that the Defense and Armed Forces Act will be amended as well. `Despite its ten revisions over the last six years, this law still does not meet the standards of the laws regulating the organization of the armies of the NATO member states,` the Minister explained.`To harmonize the Bulgarian army with NATO standards partial reduction of armaments and a redistribution of junior and senior officers to a ratio of 60-40 is necessary,` Svinarov also said. Asked whether the military can oppose the army reform, Svinarov said that only the politicians can obstruct the reform because they set the parameters.

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