site.btaUPDATED Majority of Parliamentary Political Forces Agree Not to Invite Ambassadors of Russia, Belarus to New Parliament's Opening Session
The majority of the political parties represented in the new legislature supported Democratic Bulgaria’s (DB) proposal that Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova and the Ambassador of Belarus should not be invited to the first session of the 48th National Assembly, Nadezhda Yordanova from DB told journalists after a meeting of representatives of the political forces, who discussed the issue on Thursday.
The meeting was at the initiative of DB, which, at the beginning of the week, asked the Russian Ambassador not to be invited to the first session of the new parliament on October 19. Vazrazhdane objected to DB´s proposal and so did the Socialist party.
On Wednesday, the leader of the largest political force in parliament, Boyko Borissov, said that GERB would not enter the National Assembly at the first session if Mitrofanova was there.
Entering the parliament building, Continue the Change MP Andrey Gurov told journalists that his party had expressed their position at an organizational meeting at the beginning of the week. "Our place is in the parliamentary hall, Mitrofanova’s is not," he said.
Hamid Hamid of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms also said Mitrofanova had no place at the first sitting.
Georgi Samandov of Bulgarian Rise pointed out that there is a Foreign Ministry protocol that is followed. The invitation is not personal, it is extended to the entire diplomatic corps, so the whole diplomatic corps is invited, he clarified.
Entering the building on Thursday, Vazrazhdane did not comment on the issue.
Socialist Party: All ambassadors Should Be Invited, Including Russia's
The position of the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s parliamentary group is that the State protocol should be adhered to and all ambassadors, including Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova, should be present at the first session of the newly elected National Assembly, Georgi Svilenski of the top Socialist party leadership said at a news briefing after the meeting of the political forces in Parliament.
He also mentioned a position of the Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, which was discussed at the meeting, and expressed his surprise at why the caretaker Foreign Minister did not sign the position himself but instead delegated the responsibility to the Permanent Secretary. According to him, the position is based on some guidelines from the EU - not to invite the ambassadors not only of Russia but also of Belarus.
On Wednesday, the Parliament's press centre told BTA that to date no invitations had been sent to any official guests for the opening of the 48th National Assembly. According to the procedure, the invitations are sent after the presidential decree convening the first session is promulgated in the State Gazette, which is expected to happen on Friday.