Bulgarian PM Calls on World Leaders to Solve Refugee CrisisDiplomacy | August 30, 2015, Sunday // 16:02| views
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. File photo
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov called on world leaders to sit together and come up with a solution to the refugee crisis.
Borisov insisted that urgent measures should be taken to address the source of the refugee wave, namely the destabilised states in Africa and the Arab world.
According to him, this was not in the capacity of Bulgaria to deal with.
In his words, the country was only suffering from the consequences of the refugee crisis, which was going to deepen and Europe was the most to suffer as the refugees were flocking neither to the US nor to Russia.
Borisov stated that in order for the refugee wave to be halted, the conflicts in Syria and the Arab world should come to an end.
He reminded that one of the main principles in the EU was the free movement of people, but at present this was violated as many countries were building fences along their borders.
According to him, the building of fences was a practice characteristic of Europe 25 years ago.
In his words, the solidarity of the EU was questioned as the refugees should be taken care of and this posed a great challenge to the member states.
Borisov announced that 80 new policemen have been posted to the border and complained that Bulgaria spends too much on guarding its borders.
The Bulgarian prime minister stated that the fence at the border with Turkey cost BGN 30 M, which could have been spent on something else.
He pointed that since the refugees are to stay in Europe, they have to be provided with jobs and education for their children.
Borisov clarified that the Bulgarian army was stationed at the border in order to ensure the safety of the locals rather than shoot on refugees.
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