Bulgaria's PM Borisov Claims Operation in Libya Too Late

Diplomacy | March 20, 2011, Sunday // 11:24|  views

Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov has stated that the operation in Libya should have been led when the six Bulgarian medics were detained in Libya in 1999-2007. Photo by BGNES

The military operation in Libya is too late as it should have been led when the Bulgarian medics were absolutely undeserved detained, according to Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov.

His statement was in regards to the ordeal that six Bulgarian medics suffered in the so-called "Libya HIV Trial" as they were jailed in Libya in 1999-2007 for allegedly infecting deliberately 400 children with HIV.

"This operation is very late and is led against a much stronger opponent," Borisov said Sunday for the Bulgarian Nova TV.

He confirmed the earlier statement by the Bulgarian Defense Minister Anyu Angelov that the country is ready to send humanitarian aid to Libya.

Borisov said that if the operation continues for more than 90 days, Bulgaria will also send a frigate to support military embargo by sea.

"When there is such a war, when the region is so turbulent, when oil prices drag down absolutely all other prices, when billions are poured into a military action – we can expect nothing good," Borisov said.

On Saturday, Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov announced that "hardly anyone is more interested than Bulgaria to see the end of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi".

The President said he believes that Bulgaria should not take part in the international military operation in Libya but that it should lend an all-out support for tackling the humanitarian crisis. Virtually the same position was expressed on Friday by the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov on behalf of the Borisov Cabinet.

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Tags: Boyko Borisov, Libya, Libya HIV trial, Bulgarian medics, Georgi Parvanov, Nikolay Mladenov, Anyu Angelov, frigate, embargo, humanitarian aid, NATO


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