UN Denies Wishing Outgoing Bulgarian PM 2nd Office Term

Diplomacy | February 23, 2013, Saturday // 11:14|  views

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Bulgarian government's press office has been exposed in altering the official statement of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

The site OFFNews reports they have inquired with the UN if it is true that in a phone call the Secretary General had voiced hope Borisov will lead the country for another term, and had praised him for the wise and effective rule of Bulgaria, as the government press office has claimed.

Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson has sent the following email in response:

"The Secretary-General spoke by telephone with the outgoing Prime Minister on Wednesday. The Secretary-General does not involve himself in the domestic political matters of Member States. The Secretary-General wished the outgoing Prime Minister continued good health and success.

Best regards


Martin Nesirky
Spokesperson for the Secretary-General"

Meanwhile, the site Pogled.info published an email exchange on the same issue between journalist Daniela Zagorcheva and Ban Ki-moon spokespeople. Both Martin Nesirky and the other spokesperson, Farhan Haq, had sent the same reply as the one to OFFNews.

In addition, Farhan Haq has written the following to Zagorcheva: "The story is not accurate. The Secretary-General made a personal call to Prime Minister Borosov and wished him well but did not express any view about his political future."

Both have given the journalist permission to quote them in the media.

It was reported on Friday that the government's press office has also edited the official statement of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, on the occasion of the resignation of his Bulgarian counterpart.

However, several hours later, the British Ambassador in Sofia, Jonathan Allen, wrote the following on Twitter: "It's perfectly normal for each side to put out their own statements after a conversation. Shows what each side focuses on," and "Lots of nonsense around on PM statements. To be clear, we do not disagree with anything in PM Borissov's statement. It is accurate."

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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