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Cablegate: Bulgaria Strongly Condemns Pkk Use of Violence.

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SUBJECT: BULGARIA STRONGLY CONDEMNS PKK USE OF VIOLENCE.

REF: SECSTATE 148531

(SBU) On October 31 Polecoff delivered reftel demarche to
Bulgarian MFA's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP),
European Correspondent Unit officer Valetin Guydarov.
According to Mr. Guydarov, the GOB as an EU member state
supported the EU's statement and position which condemned the
PKK's attacks against Turkish territory. Mr. Guydarov stated
that the GOB strongly condemns the PKK's use of violence and
recognizes the Government of Turkey's right to protect its
citizens and itself from terrorists. He noted that this
right should respect international law and not be
disproportionate to the attack itself. According to Mr.
Guydarov, the GOB believes the Governments of Turkey and Iraq
and the Kurdish Regional Government should cooperate to
protect people in this region from similar attacks while
ensuring respect for the Turkish border. Mr. Guydarov opined
that the GOB hopes that the topic of PKK violence/terrorism
will be on the agenda for the next EU Foreign Ministers
General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC)
meeting.

(SBU) On October 30 Polecoff delivered reftel demarche to
Plamen Petkov, Head of the USA Branch of the MFA America
Directorate. Petkov said that he agreed with the demarche
points and would pass the demarche along to the appropriate
department.


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