Bulgaria Approaches Tripoli over Trade Embargo

Politics | April 13, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00

The Bulgarian Embassy in Tripoli has contacted Wednesday the Libyan Foreign Ministry over the rumoured trade embargo on Bulgaria.

Bulgarian officials in Tripoli have sent a diplomatic note asking for further information on the statement, made by an anonymous governmental official as quoted by Reuters on Tuesday.

According to the official, Libya intends to make this step as a response to what the country calls Sofia's failure to take responsibility for the infection of hundreds of Libyan children with the HIV virus.

Bulgaria's Envoy to Tripoli Zdravko Velchev is expecting a response and an appointment for a meeting with high-ranking government officials to discuss the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Tripoli blames the spread of deadly disease on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who were convicted last year of deliberately infecting more than 400 children at a hospital in Benghazi. They insist they are innocent and that the only evidence against them were confessions extracted under torture.

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