During the meeting, which was held between representatives of the occupational safety committees in the parliaments of Bulgaria and Turkey, the current situation on the borders of the two countries, the flow of refugees and cooperation between Bulgaria and Turkey were discussed.
The delegation headed by Celaletin Güvenç, Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM), is on a working visit to Bulgaria at the invitation of Hamit Hamit, Chairman of the Internal Affairs and Public Security Committee.
In his speech at the meeting, Hamid indicated, “We welcome the joint efforts and measures of the Bulgarian and Turkish Ministries of Interior towards good cooperation to deter and overcome the pressures of refugees.” Hamit, deputy head of the parliamentary group of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (HÖH), emphasized that pressure on migrants has existed for years, but in the past year it turned into pressure organized by dispatchers and people smugglers. “The smugglers became very aggressive, we sacrificed ourselves in Bulgaria, and the policemen died while doing their duty,” the commission chief added.
Hameed said, “I believe that it is not in the power of one country to deal with the persecution of migrants and the fight against human traffickers. It is important for us to identify groups of smugglers and traffickers, take quick decisions, and make joint efforts to neutralize these criminal groups. I am confident that the relevant government structures and service units In both countries there is constant communication and exchange of information, and I believe that the meeting of parliamentarians in the internal security committees will give additional impetus and impetus to this interaction at all levels.
Emphasizing that Bulgaria, as a member of the European Union, is at the forefront of protecting the Union’s borders, he noted that it is the largest in Europe in terms of the number of people passing through the Kapitan Andrevo border gate, and that we also consider the border to be one of the densest border checkpoints in terms of refugee pressure. Hamid said: Therefore, appropriate solutions must be found and this pressure should be neutralized. I am sure that both countries will find the necessary tools to stop this pressure on refugees, at least until Turkey becomes a member of the European Union because we want to see Turkey as a member of the European Union.”
“For us, Bulgaria is an ally and cooperation between parliamentary committees will support the development of bilateral relations,” said Celaletin Guvenc, Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Expressing his satisfaction with the excellent relations between Bulgaria and Turkey, Gövenc noted that the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, created an obstacle to the intensive contacts between citizens and companies of both countries, and said: “At that time, we did not have many opportunities for cooperation, but this He changed in 2022. And we started to communicate with each other again.“ For us, Bulgaria is a trade route to Europe,” emphasized the Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
Gövenc said: “The fight against terrorism is a very important issue for Turkey, and we have already established cooperation with the Bulgarian authorities on this issue.” The Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey stated that thanks to Turkey’s efforts, Bulgaria was not affected by a strong emigration wave. Govinc expressed his gratitude for the policy pursued by the Bulgarian governments, and noted that our good bilateral relations are an example of good neighborliness and cooperation.
In the meeting held between the parliamentarians of Bulgaria and Turkey, the common opinion of the parliamentarians was expressed that cooperation in protecting the common border had been put on the agenda by the two countries as a priority.
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