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General Kircho Kirov: The condition of the Bulgarian Special forces and Army is very disturbing

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

The condition and most importantly the lack of enough servicemen in the Special Forces and the Army, is very disturbing, said in an interview for Radio Focus general Kircho Kirov, who was chief of the National intelligence agency between 2003 and 2012. He added that Bulgarian defence institutions should continue their efforts for coordination, cooperation and intel exchange with their partners.
‘’It is difficult for me, to imagine any serious activity of an intelligence service, like the State agency ‘’Inteligence’’, with 38 % lack of personnel. This is the critical minimum of its abilities. In the State Agency for National security there is 30 % lack of personnel. In the army, the lack of personal is 20 %, but there are secret rumours that this lack of personnel of about 6-7 thousand soldiers and officers is actually 30 %. These are some of the things which must be subject of serious consideration and action on behalf of the government, as well as the defence institutions themselves’’, said General Kirov.
The ex-chief of the National intelligence agency said that external intelligence services should accurately plan and forecast, which regions are likely to be the subject of tensions, concerning the national interests of Bulgaria, while the internal structures should watch closely about persons with radical views./FOCUS News Agency/

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Professor Plame Pavlov, historian: Macedonia can’t exist without Bulgaria, and Bulgaria can’t exist without Macedonia – they are two part of one whole.

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Macedonia can’t exist without Bulgaria, and Bulgaria can’t exist without Macedonia – they are two parts of one whole’’, said the historian prof. Plamen Pavlov for Radio Focus. He commented that we are witnesses of tides in the relations between the two countries, as well as passiveness from the Bulgarian side. According to him, diplomatic talks between the two countries should be more specific. Prof. Pavlov thinks there should be more active dialogue
‘’Macedonism is the GMO of history and culture. In the National museum of Macedonia, you can see some stuff, but it is like someone stole something and tries to hide it. This can’t happen with a magical wand. In so many years of anti-Bulgarian propaganda and brainwashing, which continues to date, we must be more persistent, and have more active dialogue and presence. This is not in the name of Bulgarian nationalism our chauvinism, but because this dialogue must continue. Macedonia can’t exist without Bulgaria, but Bulgaria can’t exist without Macedonia either. Its about time to understand that we are two parts of one whole. No matter what someone thinks or feels, this is the truth’’, said the historian.
According to professor Pavlov, in Macedonia there is a Bulgarian majority. He added that our country considers these people to be our countrymen, even though they have the freedom to determine their own nationality./FOCUS News Agency/

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Dozens of families in Camden tower blocks refuse to leave

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Authorities in Camden were working to convince dozens of families to leave their homes on Saturday after they refused to evacuate, despite concerns the tower blocks they are living in were at risk of a Grenfell-type blaze, writes The Guardian.More than 80 households, including elderly people and others with disabilities and vulnerabilities, refused to leave the blocks on the Chalcots estate, which is home to almost 4,000 people.Some had changed their minds by Saturday morning and joined the exodus, but Camden council is now considering what to do with those who refuse to leave.The prime minister, Theresa May, said on Saturday: “For those Camden blocks, it wasn’t just a question of the cladding; there were a number of issues that came together that meant that the fire service were concerned about those blocks and the action was taken by the local authority./FOCUS News Agency/

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Shells from Syria fall in Golan Heights

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Several mortar shells exploded in an open area in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria Saturday afternoon, the army said, quoted by The Times of Israel.There was no damage and no injuries were reported.
The army the mortars appeared to be errant fire from Syrian factions fighting each other across the border.In the past Israel has responded to stray fire by hitting Syrian regime positions./FOCUS News Agency/

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Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Four Arab states that imposed a boycott on Qatar have issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have sent a 13-point list of demands apparently aimed at dismantling their tiny but wealthy neighbor’s two-decade-old interventionist foreign policy which has incensed them. Kuwait is helping mediate the dispute.
A Qatari government spokesman said Doha was reviewing the list of demands and that a formal response would be made by the foreign ministry and delivered to Kuwait, but added that the demands were not reasonable or actionable.
“This list of demands confirms what Qatar has said from the beginning – the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combating terrorism, it is about limiting Qatar’s sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy,” Sheikh Saif al-Thani director of Qatar’s government communications office, said in a statement.
A Qatar semi-government human rights body said the demands were a violation of human rights conventions and should not be accepted by Qatar.
Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani had said on Monday that Qatar would not negotiate with the four states until economic, diplomatic and travel ties cut this month were restored.
The countries that imposed the sanctions accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional unrest and drawing too close to their enemy Iran. Qatar rejects those accusations and says it is being punished for straying from its neighbors’ backing for authoritarian hereditary and military rulers./FOCUS News Agency/

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London Evening Standard: Manslaughter charges could be brought over Grenfell blaze as every firm involved is reviewed

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Every company involved in building or refurbishing Grenfell Tower will be scrutinised by police as officers consider manslaughter charges during the criminal probe, writes London Evening Standard.
Met Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said police are looking at “every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards” as well as fire safety and health and safety offences.
In a statement on Friday, over a week on from the blaze which left at least 79 people presumed dead, police confirmed it was a faulty fridge that sparked the fire.
DS McCormack said they are now carrying out further tests in relation to the Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer model, which had not been subject to any product recall.
She said preliminary tests have shown the aluminium cladding failed safety tests and insulation samples were combustible.
Asked about the criminal probe, she said: “We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards.
“We are looking at every health and safety and fire safety offences and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishing of Grenfell Tower.”
Theresa May this week apologised for a “failure of the state” in the wake of the fire, which started in the early hours of Wednesday, June 14./FOCUS News Agency/

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Macron-Merkel: We Didn’t Talk About Greece and That Is Good

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

The fact that Greece was not on the Summit agenda has relieved a series of leaders with the President of France Emmanuel Macron saying that “we did what we could do with the Chancellor so that the Greek issue is not on the agenda,” reported Greek Reporter.
“These issues are better resolved by the finance ministers,” he said, adding that the ministers of France and Germany managed to reach a consensus that allowed for an agreement and “we should congratulate them for this,” Mr. Macron said, adding that the deal will help the Greek recovery and the reforms that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will implement.
“A very strong consensus framework was found in the last Eurogroup. We did not talk about Greece, and that’s very good news because we worked very hard with Chancellor Merkel to come to the agreement that was at the Eurogroup,” Mr. Makron said.
On her part, Angela Merkel commented that it was “positive” that the Summit did not deal with Greece. “This means we have found good solutions,” she said, pointing out that the “Juncker package” would also provide support for investment./FOCUS News Agency/

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Andrey Kovachev, CEDB/EPP: Guarantee for citizen security – main challenge at Brussels summit

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

A main challenge at the summit in Brussels is giving a guarantee for the security of citizens, MEP Andrey Kovachev from Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB), EPP, told FOCUS Radio’s Good Morning Bulgaria.
This could be done, he said, through a stronger collaboration between European security services, exchange of intelligence information, investments in defence, and even the creation of a European army.
Regarding the idea of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov about a collective membership of the EU in NATO, Kovachev explained it is about complementing capacity and responsibilities between countries in NATO, which he called a strong European defence pillar in NATO. It could also be a response to US criticism that Europe is doing little about its defence./FOCUS News Agency/

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Daniel Smilov, political scientist: Zoran Zaev’s visit to Bulgaria, positive step in bilateral relations

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The visit of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to Bulgaria was a positive step in bilateral relations, while the signing of the friendship treaty will be a sign about a new type of relations, political scientist Daniel Smilov told Focus Radio.
Smilov sees the visit as an attempt to leave behind negative nationalist accumulations from both sides. The idea is to improve relations while each country maintains its interpretation of history, he said. This is a good approach, according to Smilov, as in politics and international law “there is no such thing as the recognition of the history of one state by another. Let history be left to historians,” he stressed.
He also said that Macedonia’s integration into NATO and EU is of interest to both countries and to the EU, which also needs stable Balkans.
The friendship treaty between the two countries could be signed on August 2 despite criticism in Macedonia. According to Smilov, it would be a big mistake if VMRO-DPMNE presents this treaty as recognition/unrecognition of history, nations or languages./FOCUS News Agency/

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Saudi security forces kill ‘wanted man’ in Mecca

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Saudi security forces shot dead a wanted man in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Friday and arrested several others, Reuters reported.
The gunmen, who are wanted for terrorism, exchanged fire with the security forces who surrounded one of the buildings in the al-Aseelah neighborhood in Mecca where the militants were hiding. No one from the security forces was harmed in the shooting, Arabiya reported./ FOCUS News Agency/

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