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Visitors to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Visitors to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

ISTANBUL – Earlier this month, a federation of Balkan and Greek Turkic organizations held a huge Iftar dinner to end the Ramadan daily fast. Held at the Topkapi-1453 public grounds, the dinner included notables from the art, business and political worlds. Many of the guests were Turkish citizens, but with family roots in the Balkan peninsula and Greece. Others had arrived from as far away as Germany, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia and Romania. But they had one particular interest in common: how to protect the rights – both inside and outside of Turkey – of ethnic Turks who find themselves as an excluded minority.

As part of the legacy of the Ottoman Empire (1299-1923), there are significant long-established ethnic Turk minorities in countries around southern and eastern Europe. There has also been significant immigration from Turkey in the post-War era to Western European countries, as well as to the United States and Australia.

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