Scholars are not certain if the contemporary Turks in the country are the descendants of Christian Bulgarians who were forced to convert to Islam during the Ottoman period, or if they are related to ethnic Turks
who moved into the area after the 14th century conquest.
Tensions emerged after ethnic Turks
were forced to adopt Bulgarian names in 1984-1985.
and Pomaks -- Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule -- are shocked and dismayed at accusations that they aim to create autonomous enclaves and that some of their villages are nests for radical Islam.
This presumably would imply that, along with the ethnic Turks
, the Kurds are equal stakeholders in the Republic of Turkey.
But no-one else wants a federation, not the ethnic Turks
and Arabs living in Kirkuk, not the Sunni Muslim Arabs elsewhere, not the Shi'ites and not the governments of Syria, Iran and Turkey.
Muslim ethnic Turks
and Roma also live in large numbers in the northeast of the country, primarily in and around the cities of Shumen and Razgrad, as well as along the Black Sea coast.
Massoud Barzani is a member of the governing council, established on July 13, which brings together Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and ethnic Turks
in Iraq, which has been occupied by U.
In other business, the governing council -which brings together Iraq's diverse mosaic of Shi'ites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and ethnic Turks
-formed three committees to outline an order of business for the coming weeks and work out organisational issues, said Hoshyar Zebari, a spokesman for the council.
Conduct by Conservative politicians and intellectuals relating to the Balkan s and the ethnic Turks
living there and their approaches to the EU, which follow the idea that integration with Europe is fine so long as Turks maintain their local and genuine identity and protect their culture.
For one thing, the ethnic Turks
of that fragmented nation now find themselves exiles in the land of their birth, a condition that has obtained for generations of African Americans.
Along with Serbs, Macedonia's population of 2,000,000 has sizable minorities of ethnic Turks
and Romanies, or gypsies.
As many as 100,000 ethnic Turks
have already left Bulgaria to settle in Turkey.