Bulgarian Govt Press Office Exposed in Editing UK PM Words

Diplomacy | February 22, 2013, Friday // 13:40|  views

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Bulgarian governments press office has been exposed in editing the official statement of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, on the occasion of the resignation of his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borisov.

On Thursday, the Cabinet's press office published Cameron's statement under the title: "I Wish Success to Boyko Borisov at the Upcoming Election."

According to the government's press office, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron has thanked outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for the good cooperation within European and Euro-Atlantic structures in a phone conversation.

"Thank you for the cooperation within European and Euro-Atlantic structures and for your friendship too. I wish you good luck at the upcoming elections," the UK Prime Minister was quoted as saying.

Cameron reportedly defined the decision for the collective resignation of the government as "brave/courageous" and expressed his respect for the stance taken by Borisov.

On Thursday, Bulgaria's government approved the resignation of the center-right GERB government headed by Prime Minister Borisov with by 209 votes in favor, 5 against, and one abstention.

The official site of the British Prime Minister's Office, (10, Downing Street) however, has published the following statement:

"Prime Minister Cameron Call with Prime Minister Borisov of Bulgaria

"PM thanked PM Borisov for the strong partnership they had enjoyed on European issues and for his commitment to NATO and to reform in the EU.

Prime Minister David Cameron has had a telephone call with Prime Minister Borisov of Bulgaria.

Following the conversation, a Downing Street Spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister called Prime Minister Borisov of Bulgaria today following the announcement of early elections in Bulgaria.

"The Prime Minister said that he had great admiration for the clear stand taken by Prime Minister Borisov's government on Hezbollah's role in the Burgas bus bombing, and praised the leadership that Prime Minister Borisov had shown on this issue.

"The Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Borisov for the strong partnership they had enjoyed on European issues and for his commitment to NATO and to reform in the EU. He hoped that the strong partnership between Britain and Bulgaria would continue in the future."

As the site webcafe.bg notes, there is no mention of either courage in resigning or wishes for success at the upcoming election, and the praise is actually given for Hezbollah.

On Wednesday, Borisov made the stunning announcement he was resigning, grounding the decision on not wanting to see blood on streets and fences around the building of the Parliament. He said he was returning the power to the people who elected him in the summer of 2009.

The breaking news about Borisov's resignation came in the aftermath of large-scale protests across the country against high utility bills, leading to clashes with riot police with many injuries and vandalism.

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Tags: resignation, GERB government, resignation, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, Hezbollah


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