Nice attack: Bulgarian PM says ‘what we did in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan generates terrorism’

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has expressed his country’s condolences after the July 14 terrorist attack in Nice in which 84 people died and 18 were critically injured, while he added that “what we did in Libya, in Syria, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, generates terrorism, which we bear in our streets, our halls and our cities”.

“Apparently, many politicians in the world do not want to learn lessons,” Borissov said in a post on Facebook on July 15.

“When they (terrorists) attack absolutely innocent people and there is a huge number of casualties, when the terrorist acts are becoming more brutal, it is clear that the more the escalation, no better result will be achieved.”

Borissov said that the continuing strikes in Syria and Iraq also are being accompanied by huge casualties and human tragedies. A race was starting for armaments, for escalation and for measures that actually generate more death and destruction.

Speaking at the Black Sea during a visit to the Breeze 2016 exercise, he said that the exercise was intended to show the readiness of the army and the police for joint action. “They must be able to respond to any aggressor, but we ministers and politicians are the ones who should expend every effort at all levels to limit to the maximum degree the possibility of confrontations and deadly conflicts”.

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on July 15 that a Bulgarian citizen had been slightly injured in the terrorist attack in Nice. The ministry said that he had not sought medical attention. According to Bulgarian National Radio, the Bulgarian was a musician working in the French city.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said in a Facebook post that his country expressed its deep indignation at the terrorist attacks and was shocked by the cruelty and brutal attack on civilians.

“We express our sincere condolences to the relatives of the victims. Categorically condemn any form of terrorism. We are in solidarity with the French people in this extremely difficult time,” Mitov said.

Bulgaria’s National Assembly, at the start of its sitting on July 15, held a minute of silence for the victims of the Nice terrorist attack.

Dimitar Glavchev, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, expressed the National Assembly’s solidarity with the French people.

“We mourn for the victims and we are mindful of the grief of their families and loved ones. Today once again we strongly condemn any form of terrorism and declare our uncompromising determination to combat all acts of violence against innocent civilians. We are sure that the world democratic community will be more united to tackle the greatest threat to the modern world,” the National Assembly’s declaration said.



The Sofia Globe staff

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