Govt: Socialists Try to Smear CIA Director’s Visit to Bulgaria

Politics » DOMESTIC | June 3, 2010, Thursday // 09:39
Bulgaria: Govt: Socialists Try to Smear CIA Director’s Visit to Bulgaria Bulgarian PM Borisov with CIA Director Panetta in Sofia, May 27, 2010. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov has not targeted President Georgi Parvanov in his talks with the CIA Director Leon Panetta last week, according to the PM’s cabinet head.

Speaking on the BNT Thursday, Rumyana Bachvarova, head of the political cabinet of the Prime Minister, has sought to refute any reports that Boyko Borisov discussed a potential new political party to be former by President Georgi Parvanov.

The allegation was made in an article by the Trud Daily several days after CIA Director Leon Panetta visited Sofia. Parvanov, who is the former leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party before he was first elected President in 2002, has been rumored in the recent months to consider the founding of a new center-left political entity.

According Bachvarova, the matters of the talks between Borisov and CIA Director Panetta were negotiated in advance, and there was no mention of the President and his political activities among them.

“The Prime Minister did show the CIA Director the archaeological excavations in the downtown from the balcony of his office but this is not included in the official information,” the senior government official said.

In her words, the inquiries by the Bulgarian Socialist Party about the topics discussed during Panetta’s visit in Sofia were connected with an accusation that President Parvanov made over the weekend that the Prime Minister was exerting pressure on the media.

“Parvanov’s accusations are unfounded and don’t match Panetta’s high opinion of the work of the government,” Bachvarova stated.

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Tags: Rumyana Bachvarova, Leon Panetta, Boyko Borisov, Georgi Parvanov, CIA, Bulgarian Socialist Party, Prime Minister, Bulgaria President
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