None of us will rest until those who have committed, as well as those whose motivated and organised the Sarafovo airport terrorist attack in July 2012 are brought to justice, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said on July 24.
Plevneliev was speaking at a ceremony at which Bulgaria’s state honour of the Stara Planina second class was conferred on outgoing Israeli ambassador Shaul Kamiza-Ras.
In the terrorist bomb attack on Bourgas Airport, five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver died, along with the bearer of the bomb, and more than 30 people were injured. An international investigation led by Bulgaria has resulted in the naming of accomplices and in the European Union naming the military wing of Hezbollah, initiator of the outrage, a terrorist organisation.
Plevneliev said at the July 24 2015 ceremony that co-operation between the security services of Bulgaria and Israel had never been more efficient, and was based on deep trust, sharing of resources and confidence in a common future of peace and democracy.
He highlighted the support given by Israel in the difficult moments after the terrorist attack.
In recent years, relations between Bulgaria and Israel had acquired a strategic character, rooted in a strong and deep relationship between two peoples who had shared history and common values, Plevneliev said.
He said that during the time that Kamisa-Raz had been ambassador, co-operation between Bulgaria and Israel had been upgraded in a wide range of areas of common interest.
Plevneliev highlighted a number of initiatives in which the Israeli ambassador had been involved, including the events that had marked the 70th anniversary, in 2013, of the prevention by Bulgarians of the deportation of Bulgarian Jews to the Holocaust death camps run by the Nazis during World War 2.
He reiterated that this historic act was an example of tolerance by the Bulgarian people and their determination at a difficult historical moment to stand on the side of humanism and human rights.