ANKARA, Turkey – In an unprecedented statement on “our brothers, the Turks who are oppressed in Xanthi and Komotini” in northern Greece, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made a speech on the occasion of the “triumph” in Afrin which took place in Sakaria where he described indirectly clearly the boundaries of the neo-Ottoman Empire, as imagined that would include parts of Bulgaria and Syria as well.
In fact, it has also been mentioned in regions of Bulgaria where 1,000,000 Muslim Turkish-speaking people live, which was in order to receive a reply from the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry while the Greek Foreign Ministry and Nikos Kotzias have not yet published a statement,
The Turkish President named West Thrace, Xanthi and Komotini as territories that are encroaching on the “spiritual borders” of Turkey, where “victims and oppressed brothers live”. We remind them that they used to call them “the borders of the heart”.
Addressing AKP members in Sakari,Erdogan “drunk” from the victory in Afrin and said:
“From this wonderful place, I would like to personally congratulate my siblings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, FYROM, Serbia, Western Thrace, the Crimea, Bulgaria and Romania.
We send our greetings to all our victims and our oppressed brothers in Sarajevo, Skopje, Xanthi, Komotini, Kardjali and Mostar.
We share our cordiality with these brothers whose souls and eyes turn to Turkey for those who pray for Turkey’s success.
These cities are within the borders of other states, but they are part of our spiritual borders, Erdogan said.
“Half our hearts are in Constantinople, Diyarbakir, Trebizond, Antalya, Smyrna, and the other half is in Aleppo, Kirkuk, Jerusalem, Sandzak and Bukhara,” he continued.
The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry issued a gentle announcement about Tayyip Erdogan’s speech and his reference to Kardzhali as part of the “spiritual boundaries of Turkey”.
Besides, Bulgarians, in fact and because of the tragic economic situation and demographic extermination with 15% of the population being Turks, have little room for Turkey.
The Declaration of the Bulgarians:
– Any country with rich and long history could claim that its spiritual and cultural borders are beyond natural.
– If political rhetoric in individual countries opts for some reason to return to the past, it can almost always outline boundaries different from today.
– In fact, the current state borders have been approved under international treaties, recognized by all states and without doubt or revision. Bulgaria and the Republic of Turkey, enjoying excellent bilateral relations, are no exception to these circumstances.