Erdogan to Borisov: Radical Statements Target Turkish Minority in Bulgaria

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Bulgaria: Erdogan to Borisov: Radical Statements Target Turkish Minority in Bulgaria Turkish PM Erdogan has called Bulgarian PM Borisov to express his concern over the Turkish language news issue. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has expressed his concern over the increase of anti-Turkish statements in Bulgaria in his phone conversation Thursday with the Bulgarian PM Borisov.

A more detailed transcript of Thursday’s conversation between Erdogan and Borisov over the debate on the 10-minute Turkish-language news emissions on the Bulgarian national TV was reported Friday by CNN Turk.

Turkey’s PM has called his Bulgarian counterpart a couple of days after Borisov declared himself in favor of the initiative of the nationalist party Ataka for holding a referendum on the news emissions.

Erdogan has told Borisov that he viewed the relations between Turkey and Bulgaria as very important and would exert all efforts to improve them.

“Recently, as you yourself are aware in Bulgaria the statements directed against the Turks are on the rise, and they are really causing concern. We view with regret how one and the same extremist circle are conducting a campaign for stripping off some of the rights acquired throughout the years by the Bulgarian Turks. The last example is the decision for holding a referendum on the broadcasting of 10-minute news in Turkish on the Bulgarian National TV,” Erdogan is quoted as telling Borisov.

He has expressed his hope that the Borisov government would not give an opportunity to the “radical circles to use their potential for violating the pluralistic democracy”, harming the co-existence of different cultures and supporting actions spoiling the good neighborly relations between the two countries.

“I hope that as a ruling party you are going to adopt an attitude which does not divide but unites and embraces all groups of the society, and will isolate instigating actions,” Erdogan is reported to have told Borisov.

“I believe that the Turkish minority in Bulgaria is a mediator enriching the relations between our countries, and in this context I share your views. We also agree on the issue about the human rights of the Turkish minority,” Borisov has told Erdogan assuring him that his government would do everything possible to resolve the question with the Turkish-language news in the best possible way.

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#12
Buddy - 19 Dec 2009 // 10:45:05

The best answer to unfounded pretentions of the turkish Prime Minister to present himself as protector of the rights of turks abroad was given by Mrs Merkel : you Mr. Prime Minister care about Turks in Turkey, I care about Turks in Germany! Fullstop....
How ever Bulgarian officials along side with so called experts on BUlgarish Turkish relations have made so amny turn arounds in the last almost lets say 25 years, so that they do not know what to say at all during such an phone call. Using the experience of some of the new allies wouldnt be bad. However, obviously, nobody from the yes sayers and dishlickers around Borissov is in the position to do that....

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R4MANIA - 19 Dec 2009 // 02:27:31

@mrposhrat

Quote: "Ummm, Kurds are clearly grateful for their news channel ;-)"

That is good Kurds should be able to have their own news channel. Kurds are human as well they deserve the same respect and respect for human rights as non Kurds get.

#10
mrposhrat - 19 Dec 2009 // 02:19:00

Ummm, Kurds are clearly grateful for their news channel ;-)

#9
R4MANIA - 19 Dec 2009 // 02:09:28

@Teodor

Quote: " distinguishing and establishing yourself as THE minority in Bulgaria…now that is unacceptable"

Yes I agree the Turkish news channel must take into account that the Turkish minority are not the only minority in Bulgaria and they must learn to accommodate the needs of every other culture including the Bulgarians.

They will have to be considerate of Bulgarians and other cultures and not just to themselves. Everyone is entitled to a fare share of getting their rights guaranteed and heard.

The language they use, the articles, the criticisms will all have to be inline with Democratic values and must not degrade any other person based on their race, gender, income status etc.

Bulgarians or any other culture in Bulgaria are entitled to lodge an appeal against the Turkish news station, but the station must be able to keep functioning however the Turkish news channel can be fined and sanctioned but not removed because of their opinions may differ from a Governmental or personal citizen view.

A TV station can only be removed if the content is objectionable and infringes on the right of Democracy.

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R4MANIA - 19 Dec 2009 // 02:03:50

@To Teodor
We have Turkish sitcoms all day long in Bulgaria, and it is all good. Entertainment is one thing, while using the national TV as pretence of something bigger e.g. role in the government, governing parts of the country, distinguishing and establishing yourself as THE minority in Bulgaria…now that is unacceptable. Bulgaria has many minorities, which all deserve equal opportunities – Roma, Armenian, Serbian, Russian, Moldovan, Ukrainian, Gagauz, Romanian, Arab - just to name a few. Bulgarian ethnic Turks should take their niche as just one of the many ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Their pretence of exclusivity and special place should be abandoned, but also understood.


Okay I understand your point and I hear you well. Yes I agree that any news channel must abuse their position against other citizens of the nation and in this example Bulgaria.

No television channel regardless of where the foundation comes from e.g. A Turkish news channel is above any other news channel or above any other person. The Turkish news channel has the right to show and communicate their articles and events in the language they so choose but they are not allowed to do it to take advantage of their other citizens living in the country or abuse their status for example the Turkish news channel cannot swear or be offensive about the Bulgarian people, however they can express their views on what happens in the country and back in Turkey in both a positive or negative light. They have to be sensitive to the views of the Bulgarians and other cultures that are in Bulgaria.

#7
Teodor - 19 Dec 2009 // 01:33:28

To R4MANIA
We have Turkish sitcoms all day long in Bulgaria, and it is all good. Entertainment is one thing, while using the national TV as pretence of something bigger e.g. role in the government, governing parts of the country, distinguishing and establishing yourself as THE minority in Bulgaria…now that is unacceptable. Bulgaria has many minorities, which all deserve equal opportunities – Roma, Armenian, Serbian, Russian, Moldovan, Ukrainian, Gagauz, Romanian, Arab - just to name a few. Bulgarian ethnic Turks should take their niche as just one of the many ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Their pretence of exclusivity and special place should be abandoned, but also understood.

#6
R4MANIA - 19 Dec 2009 // 00:50:53

I do not see any problem with having a Turkish news channel. Any language regardless of which nationality or culture they come from whether they are a minority or one of the main cultures/speaking languages should be allowed to be viewed on TV.

I see no problem with having a Turkish news channel. I think its a good thing whether its Turkish, Hungarian, or German speaking channel to be allowed to viewed and where people of that country can make informed decisions based on the news channel content that may be viewed at the time.

The Turkish in minority have a right to view any TV channel in their own language or even engage with the TV channel through the use of communication or personal face to face means.

It does not matter how long the Turkish news channel runs for as long as this channel is allowed to run without any interference.

#5
Teodor - 19 Dec 2009 // 00:49:20

What about Armenians, Bulgarians, Greek, Georgian, etc??????

#4
Teodor - 19 Dec 2009 // 00:47:29

Turkey should know its place in the periphery of Europe, and the periphery of the civilized world. Such a remnant of a failed empire as today’s Turkish republic should start observing human rights on its territory first, before interfering with the free world in such a manner and tone.

#3
FIGMENT - 18 Dec 2009 // 22:49:41

Erdogan is an Islamo-Fascist who is making friends with all the most vile and disgusting Muslim dictators in the world. Bulgaria does not need any relations with Turkey, good or bad. Erdogan can take his Turks back to Diarbekir, and he is welcome to have them. Bulgaria does not need that vermin and sure as hell does not need that demented Islamist for a friend. Screw him.

#2
Richie - 18 Dec 2009 // 22:16:51

For your information, Turkish state media broadcast news for the main minoroties in Turkey, including Kurds (a full channel, TRT6), Arabs, Bosnians and Circassians

#1
RockDetente - 18 Dec 2009 // 20:02:13

Ohhhh really...radical statements target Turkish minority ..My little poor Turcs...don't make me cry ..
As soon as the Turkish National Radio &TV start broadcast 10 mins news in Bulgarian they will have theirs ...

Everyone's blaming Swiss people for their Minaret's ban but nobody's asking how many Christian churches have been built in Saudi Arabia, Turquieand Iran in the last 10 years?
How many I;m asking again and the answer is - ZERO!


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