Bulgarian News Briefs


UPDATE 1: New items on British visas for Bulgarians, Parvanov visit to
Armenia, Azerbaijan

SOFIA (bnn)--Britain may retain its entry visa regime for Bulgarians even if
the Balkan country joins the EU, and official said Tuesday.

British Ambassador Jeremy Hill said his country would revise the current visa
regime once Bulgaria is admitted in the EU but it was possible that the visa
requirement remains even after that.


SOFIA (bnn)-Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov started Tuesday a four-day
trip to Armenia and Azerbaijan, his press office announced. On the first day
of his visit Parvanov met his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharyan. He wasto
travel to neighbouring Azerbaijan on Wednesday and meet his colleague Ilham
Aliev. The talks are expected to focus on improvement of commercial and
transport links between Bulgaria and the two formerly Soviet republics.


SOFIA (bnn)--Macedonia's Interior Minister Siljan Avramovski will visit
Bulgaria, the Focus news agency reported Tuesday. The agency quoted Macedonian
Interior Ministry spokesman Goran Pavlovski as saying Avramovski would discuss
bilateral co-operation with his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Petkanov. He would
not immediately set a date for the visit.