Bulgaria does not recognise the illegal annexation of and referendum in Crimea, and condemns the Russian Federation for violating international law, President Rossen Plevneliev has told the United Nations.
Plevneliev was addressing the second day of the general debate at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 25.
He welcomed regional integration including through the Association Agreements of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia with the European Union.
Climate change needs to be urgently addressed, and no real transformative post-2015 development agenda would be possible unless loopholes of the current MDGs are dealt with.
The situation in Syria and Iraq was extremely concerning, he said, condemning in the strongest terms possible the killings of religious and ethnic minorities. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) fills a serious gap in international law as it establishes regulations for trade in conventional arms.
He also condemned the recurrent trend of brutal and “disgusting” manifestations of anti-Semitism.
Plevneliev said that over the past few months Bulgaria and the Balkans have suffered unprecedented floods and thousands of people lost their homes, crops were ruined, and many innocent people died.
Climate change needs to be urgently addressed, and no real transformative post-2015 development agenda would be possible unless loopholes of the current Millennium Development Goals are dealt with, he said, according to a report by the UN News Centre.
(Photo: UN Photo: Kim Haughton)