Tensions emerged after ethnic Turks
were forced to adopt Bulgarian names in 1984-1985.
Last time Bulgaria had a firm offer from a strategic investor, British American Tobacco in February 2005, the deal was scuppered by the predominantly ethnic Turk
Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), at the time a minority partner in the cabinet of then-prime minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg.
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.
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.
Azeris are ethnic Turks
and speak a Turkic language.
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.
As many as 100,000 ethnic Turks
have already left Bulgaria to settle in Turkey.
com web site, the two detained women are ethnic Turks
Bulgarian Focus News Agency reported on Sunday that Bulgaria had been disturbed by Emiroy-lu's relations with the Muslim minority in the country, especially as he is accused of pressuring ethnic Turks
to support Mestan.
EVENTS 1964: Fighting between ethnic Turks
and Greeks in the disputed island of Cyprus has left at least 16 people dead.
Even among ethnic Turks
in Bulgaria he's considered pretty controversial.
In Bulgarian politics, conventional wisdom is that if you want to know how many ethnic Turks
live in Bulgaria, look at the most recent election results to see how many votes Ahmed Dogan's Movement for Rights and Freedoms got.
At the time of going to press and according to opinion polls, the breakdown was expected to be as follows: Socialist Party: 6 or 7 seats; GERB (centre right): 4 or 5 seats; the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (representing ethnic Turks
in Bulgaria): 2 or 3 seats; Ataka (extreme right): 2 or 3 seats, with the remaining seats shared by the other right and centre parties.
The council, established July 13, brings together Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and ethnic Turks
in Iraq, which has been occupied by U.
Relations between Turkey and Germany, which is home to three million ethnic Turks
, have been badly strained over what Europeans describe as Turkeyas human rights violations.