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Turkish PM to Call Bulgaria’s Borisov on Anti-Turkish Stance January 27, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Bulgaria, Turkey.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has telephoned his Bulgarian counterpart over a rising anti-Turkish discourse in Bulgaria, sources close to the Turkish premier said Thursday.

“The rising anti-Turkish discourse led by certain extremist circles recently in Bulgaria and the form it has taken as actual harassment cause concern in Turkey,” Erdogan was quoted to have told Boyko Borisov.
Erdogan said he attached utmost importance to Turkish-Bulgarian relations, adding that Turkey would exert any kind of effort to further improve ties between the two countries.

The Turkish premier said it was sad to see that there were endeavours to revoke certain rights and gains which the Turks had acquired over the years, adding that the latest instance of that was a proposal by the ATAKA Party for a referendum to call off the broadcast of a ten-minute news program in Turkish on Bulgaria’s national television network.

“I am positive that as the ruling party you will take on an embracing attitude and contain such inciting activities,” Erdogan said.

Borisov said on his part that the Turkish minority presented an opportunity to improve relations between Turkey and Bulgaria.

“We are in full accord with you to make further progress in improving the situation of the Turkish minority’s rights and freedoms. I will exert any effort in my power to over the broadcast of Turkish news program,” Borisov said.

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