Bulgarian Council of Ministers decide Wednesday that Bulgaria will refrain from joining the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the Government Information Service (GIS) said.

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The announcement, as disseminated by BTA news agency, reads: "Bulgaria will not have official representatives to the
Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact, scheduled to take place in Marrakech on December 10 and 11. The
Cabinet also decided that this country's Permanent Representative to the UN will abstain when the UN General Assembly puts to the vote a resolution endorsing the adopted Global Compact.

A more effective management of migration processes is of major importance to Bulgaria, the GIS said. At this stage the
Bulgarian Government believes that the decision against joining the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
protects the interests of the country and its citizens in the best possible way.

Bulgaria will remain committed to its existing international law obligations concerning human rights and to maintaining strict national border control.