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August 12, 1988

DECISION A, NO. 130 OF POLITBURO OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE BULGARIAN COMMUNIST PARTY

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    After signing the Geneva agreements Politburo of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party thought it necessary to widen the political, economic and moral support to the Republic of Afghanistan.
    "Decision A, No. 130 of Politburo of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party ," August 12, 1988, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Central State Archive, Sofia, Fond 1-B, Opis 68, File 130-88. Translated by Assistant Professor Kalina Bratanova. Edited by Dr. Jordan Baev, Kalin Kanchev. Obtained by the Bulgarian Cold War Research Group. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112457
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In view of the new situation in Afghanistan after signing of the Geneva Agreements, Politburo of the Bulgarian Communist Party Central Committee finds it necessary to widen the political, economic and moral support to the Republic of Afghanistan. Therefore Politburo:

1. Suggests that the Council of Ministers adopt a comprehensive plan for furthering the economic, scientific and technological cooperation, and for training of cadres for the Republic of Afghanistan, including for their private sector.

2. Does not object to the Council of Ministers' offer of two million leva in aid in terms of clothing, shoes, tents, blankets, medicines, and food for the returning refugees.

3. Offers that the National Council of the Fatherland Front, The Central Council of the Bulgarian Trade Unions, the Central Committee of the Dimitrov Communist Youth Union and the Committee of the Movement of Bulgarian Women organize a campaign for collecting clothes and other means to help the returning refugees.

4. Offers People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan Central Committee a loan of up to one million leva and 100,000
valutni leva for a small enterprise.

The Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations will be in charge of implementation of this aid package.

Enclosure:

Memorandum from the International Relations Department of the BCP CC to Politburo of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, 3 August 1988

Regarding: widening the political, economic and moral support to the Republic of Afghanistan

Comrades,

In connection with comrade Mikhail Gorbachev’s letter to comrade Todor Zhivkov regarding Afghanistan, in view to the new situation in that country after signing the Geneva Agreements, Politburo of the BCP CC entrusted the Foreign Affairs Commission at Politburo and Secretariat of  the Bulgarian Communist Party with the preparation of an offer for the further widening of the political, economic and moral support of the Republic of Afghanistan (Protocol No, 72 of 17 May 1988).

Additionally a letter was received by comrade Georgi Atanasov from Afghanistan’s Prime-Minister Mohammad Hassan Sharq with an appeal for help at this difficult moment.

We are proposing a project for decision, worked out by the Commission for Foreign Affairs at the Politburo and the Secretariat of the CC BCP with the participation of the “International  Relations Department” of the CC BCP, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations.

The draft of a resolution has been coordinated with the “Organizational”, “Economic and Scientific-technical policy” and “Financial Economic” Departments of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party.

3 August 1988

First deputy-head of the “Foreign Policy and International Relations” department of the CC BCP: /K. Atanasov/

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