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Bulgaria, Turkey to sign trilateral border center agreement

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Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin said that an agreement on a tripartite border center between Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey is to be signed within a few days.

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Mr. Vigenin gave a joint press briefing Thursday with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutugu, who is on an official visit to Bulgaria. Regards the issue of coping with the refugee flows, he noted that work on the agreement had been completed and that a visit of Turkey's Interior Minister to Sofia was forthcoming, the exact date still being unclear.

Mr. Vigenin added that the talks on the agreement on joint border surveillance activities continued, stressing the process would be accelerated after Thursday's visit of Turkey's Foreign Minister.

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister emphasized that the targets set between the two countries in 2013 were gradually being achieved.

Asked to comment on the recent truck blockade at the Bulgarian-Turkish border due to the dispute over transit traffic permits, Mr. Davutuglu noted that the bilateral meeting held on the matter had brought progress, adding that it was not a good idea to sign a written agreement at the current stage.

Mr. Davutuglu also mentioned the attacks against the Dzhumaya mosque in Plovdiv in mid-February, acknowledging that they had created tension in Turkey, and thanked the authorities for the measures taken to solve the problem. He expressed optimism that the issues would be resolved favorably, calling for respect for the past with a view to the shared vision of the two countries.

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