Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva: BSP is trying to instill fear in people with false information that Bulgaria has joined the UN migration pact9 November 2018 | 16:09 | FOCUS News Agency
"No decision has been made whether Bulgaria should join it or not. The debate on this pact began in 2016 and has been held since by experts. The Bulgarian position on migration is clear and it has been repeated many times – stopping illegal migration, protecting the external borders and returning illegal migrants right away. Common fight against trafficking, as well. Bulgaria has no other position and cannot have any, neither in this pact nor in any other document,” Minister Zaharieva said and pointed out that Bulgaria could not make a decision to join or not to join the pact without a debate in parliament.
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Deputy PM Karakachanov: The UN migration pact seems to me a preparation for global migration of peoples16 November 2018 | 13:54 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The UN migration pact seems like a document preparing the global migration of peoples, Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said to reporters in Parliament, Focus News Agency reports. “There is no division within the government over the UN migration pact. The government’s decision that Bulgaria would not support it was already announced,” Karakachanov said. He said there were many controversial points, such as an obligation for countries to issue identity papers for migrants if they had none. “It means that if 100,000 Afghans come to Bulgaria, we will have to issue Bulgarian documents to them. And if they are not admitted by prosperous West European countries, these people will stay with us,” said the deputy prime minister. He pointed out that host countries would also have to provide health and social care and education to those people.Open in new tab
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Sofia. In December Bulgaria should not sign the UN pact on migration, President Rumen Radev said to reporters after a ceremony at the Military Academy, Focus News Agency reports. “This is a global problem and there must be a pact. The proposed texts are in no way in our interest,” he said. “Albeit the pact is non-binding, there are clauses that put national sovereignty, social systems and internal order at risk,” the president said. “The government already got their fingers burned with the Istanbul Convention. Apparently right now they are wondering exactly how to define their position on the UN migration pact,” he commented.Open in new tab
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Sofia. The European Parliament will probably vote on the UN pact on migration in December, MEP Peter Kouroumbashev, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, told Focus News Agency regarding Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s comments that the socialists supported the pact in the EP. “He got it all wrong because the matter is still in discussion in the European Parliament. Mr. Tsvetanov should get familiar with the procedures in the EP. First comes discussion, then the voting,” Kouroumbashev said. “Instead of following UN processes, he should watch those in Veliko Tarnovo, Varna, Blagoevgrad and those involving the mothers of children with disabilities, and he should fix things in Bulgaria,” the MEP commented.Open in new tab
Tsvetan Tsvetanov, GERB: The government coalition has decided that Bulgaria will not join the UN migration pact12 November 2018 | 13:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The coalition council has decided that Bulgaria will not join the UN global migration pact, GERB’s deputy chairman and chair in Parliament Tsvetan Tsvetanov said after a meeting of the government coalition, Focus News Agency reports. “A debate in parliament and joint meetings of the committees on domestic and foreign affairs, together with the ministries of interior, foreign affairs and labour, are scheduled this Wednesday. What we have as a decision at the coalition council today is that the Bulgarian government will take a stand against joining the UN global migration pact. We believe that this is the right decision at the present moment,” Tsvetanov said.Open in new tab