Bulgarian President calls on government to press EU leaders for action plan on migration

Bulgarian President calls on government to press EU leaders for action plan on migration

Bulgarian head of state President Roumen Radev has called on the government to raise at the European Council meeting the issue of the adoption of an action plan in the event of migratory pressure.

This was announced on October 15 by the President’s press office after Radev was briefed by Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva on the outcome of a specially-called Cabinet security council meeting on the situation in Syria.

The security council meeting was called after the commencement last week of a Turkish military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.

The President’s press office said that the head of state had called for such an operational plan from the European Council as early as 2017 and had been discussed at the summit of the presidents of parliamentary republics of the EU held in Athens on October 11 2019.

At the meeting at the President’s office, the escalation of tensions in the Middle East region was discussed, as well as the measures taken by the responsible institutions to protect the border and to protect citizens.

Security officials have given an assurance that there is no direct threat to the country’s security, but will continue to closely monitor the situation, the President’s press office said.

The military operation in Syria must stop because the risk of a humanitarian crisis is very high, and it is only diplomacy that can resolve the conflict, Borissov said after briefing Radev on the outcome of a Cabinet security council meeting on the situation in Syria.

“We are adamant that the military operation must stop,” Borissov said, adding that the risk of a humanitarian crisis is very high.

“And if a humanitarian crisis occurs, that means an increase in the migrant wave – these are related processes. So we insist that the hostilities be stopped and it is only diplomacy that can resolve this conflict,” Borissov said./ibna