12/03/2013 14:16 GMT
SOFIA, December 3, 2013 (AFP) - The UN refugee agency chief for Europe urged Bulgaria on Tuesday to respond swiftly to what he called a human emergency in shelters struggling with an influx of Syrians.
"It is a human emergency for the people in these centres. There will be no Christmas for them. Things need to happen in the next couple of weeks," Vincent Cochetel of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told journalists in Sofia.
"The situation is critical... The conditions are sub-standard but we are here to help."