Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister disappointed by ‘hysterical, falsetto noise’ about Bokova UNSG bid

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov says that he is disappointed by the “hysterical, falsetto noise” on the topic of the country’s nomination of a candidate to be the next United Nations Secretary-General.

Mitov was speaking on February 10 2016 in a television interview, the morning after his ministry announced that it had sent a formal letter nominating Irina Bokova, in terms of a decision taken in June 2014 by the now-departed Bulgarian Socialist Party-Movement for Rights and Freedoms “Oresharski” cabinet.

Mitov said that the hysteria would in no way contribute to the success of the nomination.

The Foreign Minister, who some weeks ago said that Bulgaria would officially announce its candidate only when the time was propitious for success, rejected allegations that the government had been tardy in naming the candidate.

He said, “we have to respect the cabinet decision of 2014. The decision was not revoked, but we had to choose a suitable moment for the Bulgarian nomination for the UN Secretary-General”.

“We have not delayed at all, we have until the end of March (to submit the nomination). Other serious candidates are still to appear, waiting is a matter of tactics. There should not be a delay but also there should not be a hurry,” Mitov said.

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(Photo of Bokova and Mitov: Bulgarian Foreign Ministry)