Bulgaria: EU – Turkey deal must ensure security of Bulgaria’s borders

The final version of the agreement between the EU and Turkey must ensure that the land border between Bulgaria and Turkey, and between Greece and Turkey and the Black Sea, will not become a new route for human traffickers, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova said that Bulgaria wants, once the final agreement between the EU and Turkey is adopted, to be able to return migrants to Turkey in the same way that Greece will.

Mitov, speaking in a television interview on March 10, said that there were certain principles that had been proposed by Turkey, and the European Council was committed to working on them, but without committing itself to accepting all of them in full.

“Negotiations are continuing,” Mitov said. “It is clear that not all parameters will be accepted. I am convinced of that.” He said that the good thing was that message was clear that the “Balkan Route” for migration was closed.

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