New Bulgarian envoy to Turkey identified as ex-secret agent

Bulgaria's ambassador to Turkey is among 45 top Bulgarian diplomats identified by a historical commission as having been secret police agents during pre-1990 communist rule.

New Bulgarian envoy to Turkey identified as ex-secret agent

World Bulletin / News Desk

Bulgaria's ambassador to Turkey is among 45 top Bulgarian diplomats identified by a historical commission as having been secret police agents during pre-1990 communist rule.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Wednesday called for the sacking of those 45 top diplomats whose names have been identified.

The commission said diplomats, including the current Bulgarian ambassadors to the United Nations, Russia, Japan, Germany, Britain, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Portugal, among many others, collaborated with the feared former Darzhavna Sigurnost security service when the Balkan country was a Soviet satellite.

Current Bulgarian Ambassador to Turkey Krasimir Tulechki had presented his credentials to Turkish President Abdullah Gül on Oct. 1.

fficials at the Bulgarian Embassy, approached by Cihan news agency on Thursday, declined to comment on the issue, noting that the ambassador doesn't intend to make any comment on the issue, either, at least for the time being.

Foreign Ministry officials told the agency on Thursday that they haven't received any official information from Sofia for a possible withdrawal of Tulechki, as they stressed that the issue is entirely “a domestic one that should be dealt with by the Bulgarian government.”

Once Moscow's most obedient ally, Bulgaria had one of the most notorious spy networks. It was implicated in plots ranging from a failed assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II to the killing of an exiled dissident in London with a poison-tipped umbrella.

“Imagine these agents in Western European countries. They once worked against them as ideological enemies, and now they are representing our government there,” Borisov told reporters. “My opinion is that we have to part with these people, and I suppose my party will back me up,” he said.

Bulgaria had recalled its former ambassador to Turkey, Branimir Mladenov, in the fall of 2009 over alleged electoral process violations during Bulgaria's July 2009 parliamentary elections.

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