Bulgarian president calls for improvement in national security system

2012-11-22 13:51:28 GMT2012-11-22 21:51:28(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SOFIA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev on Thursday called for efforts to improve the country's intelligence services, armed forces and response to disasters and terrorist acts.

"First of all, important elements of the national security system do not operate in the uniform legal framework and work without a clear conceptual framework and model and without laws governing their structure and management," Plevneliev said.

He was referring to the National Intelligence Agency, the National Security Service and the Military Information Service, Plevneliev said.

He said he was sure that the parliament would adopt necessary laws by April 2013.

There were unresolved questions on the topic of natural disasters, accidents and terrorist acts as well, Plevneliev said.

Flooding in the village of Biser, earthquake near Pernik, terrorist act at Burgas Airport and explosions in several ammunition warehouses this year showed that there was more to be done for the safety of people in extreme situations, the president said.

Plevneliev, who is also the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the country's Armed Forces, said the biggest challenges facing the armed forces were modernization of the army, its restructuring, and the provision of resources for the involvement of its units elsewhere in the world, for example in Afghanistan.

The Balkan country, a NATO member since 2004, will withdraw three quarters of its 610-member contingent in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 but the country will continue to help train the Afghan security forces.

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