Ali Ümit Ülker
KIRKLARELİ – Doğan News Agency
Authorities in the Kırklareli province in Thrace announced yesterday they have broken ties with Dobrich and Burgas after the two Bulgarian municipalities decided to recognize the so-called Armenian genocide. Dobrich's status as a �sister city� has also been rescinded.
Cavit Çağlayan, mayor of Kirklareli from the Republican People's Party, or CHP, said the Foreign Ministry had sent a warning asking the municipalities not to establish ties with Burgas and if there were ties, to terminate them.
He said 12 municipalities in Bulgaria had recognized the so-called Armenian genocide, but what really mattered to them was Dobrich's actions.
�The Dobrich decision upset us,� Çağlayan said. �We need to show them there is a price to pay, which is a cross-border project worth YTL 600,000. We haven't signed it and told them why.
�We don't have �sister city' relations with Burgas,� he said. �We sent them a letter condemning their decision to recognize the so-called Armenian genocide.�
Çağlayan said he believed the Burgas decision was influenced by the growing power of the right-wing National Union Attack, or Ataka, party in the Burgas municipal assembly.