Bulgaria Nationalists Blocked at Serbia's Border, Cry Foul

Diplomacy | November 27, 2010, Saturday // 13:39|  views

Nationalist leader Volen Siderov (M) is pictured in this file photo with supporters and party members. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Serbia's border authorities have not let into the country members and supporters of Bulgaria's nationalist Ataka party, traveling by buses to Bosilegrad to mark the ninety-first anniversary since the signing of the Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

"Serbia violates all rules and does not deserve to be a member of the European Union," the nationalist party leader Volen Siderov told Darik radio on the phone.

“The Bulgarian journalists, who entered Serbia’s territory, are not allowed to go back and report on what is happening here. A policeman told us we have to ask Serbia’s Interior Ministry what is going on. Clearly, Serbia’s Interior has issued an order for us to be blocked,” he added.

The Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine, dealing with Bulgaria for its role as one of the Central Powers in World War I, was signed on 27 November 1919 at Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

The treaty required Bulgaria to cede Western Thrace to the Entente, (which ceded it to Greece at the San Remo conference) thereby cutting off its direct outlet to the Aegean Sea and an area of 2563 km? on the western border to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The treaty also forced Bulgaria to return Southern Dobruja, which had been captured during the war and restored the border set by the Treaty of Bucharest (1913). Bulgaria was also required to reduce its army to 20,000 men, pay reparations of ?100 million, and recognize the existence of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

In Bulgaria, the results of the treaty are popularly known as the Second National Catastrophe.

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