Bulgaria waits for commission reports on compansation demand from Turkey

Bulgarian PM in Ankara said that that descendants of deceased 1913 immigrants urged the government to follow up on the issue

Bulgaria waits for commission reports on compansation demand from Turkey

Bulgarian Premier Boyko Borisov said Friday that they were waiting for reports of commissions on both sides on assets of ethnic Bulgarians which were left behind in Turkish territory when they migrated from Ottoman Empire in 1913, regarding the legal compensation demand from Turkey.

Borisov told a joint press conference with Erdogan in Ankara that descendants of deceased 1913 immigrants urged the government to follow up on the issue and they wanted to find a solution to the problems of the aggrieved families.

Earlier in January, Bulgarian Minister Bojidar Dimitrov said Bulgaria planned to ask from Turkey a 10 billion USD compensation for the properties that Bulgarian nationals left behind in 1913 in Turkey, based on the Ankara agreement signed between the two countries in 1925.

Dimitrov who said that his country would block Turkey's accession to the European Union unless Turkey agreed to pay the compensation, later had to apologise when he was warned sternly by Premier Borisov who said the government nor the parliament had given such a decision.

Borisov told the press conference that with permission of the Turkish government they wanted to look once again in to the allegations of the descendants of deceased 1913 immigrants.

Borisov said nationalist politicians in Bulgaria exploited the issue and created tension.

He said the two countries should rather focus on strategic projects and common interests rather than these tensions.

Borisov said Turkey and Bulgaria shared many values like democracy pluralism, and respect for freedoms, adding that Bulgaria supported the reforms in Turkey and its integration to the EU.

He also said he would push for an end to the delay in the Nabucco pipeline project during the upcoming EU summit in Brussels.

After the press conference, Erdogan hosted a dinner in honour of Borisov.

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