Bulgarian President Plevneliev: Paris terrorist attacks ‘barbaric and inhumane’

In a letter to his French counterpart François Hollande, Bulgarian head of state President Rossen Plevneliev has described the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris as barbaric and inhumane, directed against the principles and foundations of democratic societies.

In firearm and bomb attacks on November 13, terrorists killed at least 120 people in the French capital. France has closed its borders and declared a state of emergency.

Plevneliev said in his letter to Hollande, “The news of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in the heart of Paris that claimed over a hundred lives deeply shocked and horrified me. No cause can justify the killing and violence against innocent people.

“At this very difficult moment for the French Republic, I would like to assure you of the commitment and solidarity of the Bulgarian people. I am convinced that democracy and the values in which we believe are stronger than terrorism and cannot be defeated,” Plevneliev said.

“The Republic of Bulgaria strongly condemns any form of terrorism and violence. Only through a general and determined effort can we counter such inhuman acts against the principles and foundations of our democratic societies.”

Plevneliev said that Bulgaria was ready to co-operate fully with the French authorities and the investigating authorities at this difficult moment for France.

“I am confident in your determination and that of the French people to achieve a conclusion of this difficult task and that those responsible for these barbaric acts will be punished with the full force of law,” the Bulgarian President said.

Plevneliev expressed profound condolences to the families and relatives of the dead and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the terrorist attacks.



The Sofia Globe staff

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