Turkish Cities Break Sister City Associations with Bulgaria Over Genocide Recognition

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Three Turkish cities have broken their twin cities agreemen’s with Bulgarian ones and nine more are about to do it over their recognition of the Armenian Genocide last year, the Turkish Hurriyet Daily reported Wednesday.

According to Hurriyet, the Turkish Interior Ministry has come up with a list of 12 Bulgarian cities whose city councils have passed similar declarations recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The Interior Ministry is advising Turkish municipalities to cancel brotherhood ties with them, as well.

The Turkish cities of Bursa, Kirklareli and Adapazari have already cancelled their agreemen’s with Bulgaria’s municipalities of Plovdiv, Dobrich and Shumen. All other contracts for cooperation have been cancelled as well.

In 2007 the Bulgarian Parliament failed to ratify a declaration the Genocide..

Later city authorities in various Bulgarian municipalities started coming out with their own declarations on the issue after their city councils had a vote on the declarations. Such cities include Plovdiv, Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora and Pazardzhik among others.

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