Bulgaria Parliament Speaker Arrives in Turkey Amid Genocide Row

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Bulgaria’s Parliament Speaker Georgi Pirinski is visiting Ankara Thursday amid growing tensions between the two countries over the recognition last year by some Bulgarian cities of the Armenian Genocide

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

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.

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