Bulgaria's Borisov: Inclusion in UNESCO Ensures Future
Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov has warned that if all illegal buildings in the ancient coastal town of Nessebar were not demolished, the town could be removed from UNESCO's world cultural heritage list.
Borisov asked reporters what do they think about the statement "protest against the demolition of illegal constructions," which was a reference to the protest of local people against the demolition of their houses.
"The sentence itself is wrong," the prime minister said and added that there were illegal buildings in all summer and winter resorts.
He pointed out that each regional government and the Regional Directorate for National Construction Supervision will examine and describe all illegal building, which would then be demolished.
"You cannot build a poultry and at the same time say that you do not care about UNESCO. Countries would kill to be included in the UNESCO list because this ensures tourism and future," Borisov said.
According to him, the petition that locals are preparing, should not be completed because it would result in the exclusion of Nessebar's Old Town from the UNESCO list.
Borisov pointed out that the government has made enormous efforts to prevent this, including sending a delegation to Brazil.
"In a month, if we do not take measures, we will be removed and Croatia will be happy that Dubrovnik would replace us. In ten years, if such construction continues in Nessebar, only a brick would be visible here and there," Borisov said.
Earlier on Saturday, Bulgaria's Regional Minister, Rosen Plevneliev, announced that a total of seven illegal buildings have already been torn down. He added that another 30 acts to dismantle illegal establishments in the town are pending.
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