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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Bulgarian intel services active in Balkans

SOFIA, Bulgaria, June 17 (UPI) -- Sofia news agency reports that a Serbian military expert claims Bulgaria's intelligence service works in the region under orders of U.S. intelligence services.

The agency reported that the Montegrin newspaper Dan indentified the expert as Milovan Drecun Drecun. It said he based his claims on unidentified sources from in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, or UNMIK, and the Kosovo Force, or KFOR, a NATO-led international peacekeeping force responsible for establishing and maintaining security in the Serbian province, which entered Kosovo in June 1999 under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244.

If the charges are true, they would represent a significant turnaround in the activities of Bulgaria's Natsionalnata Sluzhba za Sigrnost, also known by the acronym NSS, which reportedly for years had a special department specifically targeting the United States.

On March 12, 1997, the Bulgarian embassy had rejected a report appearing the previous day in "Kontinent" that the NSS was about to close a NSS department focused on the United States, saying no such department existed in the first place.

NSS acting Director Vladimir Manolov said the claims about the closure of a U.S. department were absurd because "NSS' work is not aimed against specific states: It fights special services, organizations and individuals, whose actions and policy threaten Bulgaria's national security. We do not, and will not, work against states."

According to Drecun, the Bulgarian services are most active in Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo.
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