EUROPE > Serb president wants Turkey's apology on Kosovo

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'Turkey is Kosovo and Kosovo is Turkey,' Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in Prizren on Oct. 23, angering Serbian officials.

'Turkey is Kosovo and Kosovo is Turkey,' Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in Prizren on Oct. 23, angering Serbian officials.

Serbia's president says he won't take part in a Balkan initiative with Turkey in protest over reported remarks by Turkey's prime minister in Kosovo.

Serbian media have quoted Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as saying in Kosovo on Oct. 23 that "Turkey is Kosovo and Kosovo is Turkey." The comment has been widely criticized in Serbia which is sensitive to past Ottoman rule in the Balkans and to any acknowledgement of Kosovo's independence.

Kosovo is a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008, a move rejected by Belgrade.

President Tomislav Nikolic on Oct. 26 sought an apology for the "scandal," saying he's pulling out of talks with Bosnia and Turkey on postwar Balkan stability.

The move further strains relations after Serbia's government sought a formal explanation Friday. Turkey has recognized Kosovo's independence.


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Çılgın Kanarya

10/30/2013 8:19:24 PM

BRIT IN TURKEY, Kıbrıslı Türk is probably unaware that the Australian electorate rejected in a 1999 referendum the opportunity to break away from the British monarchy and displace the Queen as their head of state. So the Aussies are obviously a people who enjoy being "used and abused" by their absent "mother", lol

Brit in Turkey

10/30/2013 6:15:27 PM

I am amazed at the ill-informed, biased, hateful, daft comments we are getting here and in other blogs about Britain, the British Government and the Monarchy. Back up your views or shut up.

kibrisli TURK

10/30/2013 10:00:52 AM

@Maz Angeli et al - you're clearly provocating situation with your ill agendas on a clearly non-provocative brotherly comment by Erdogan to his fellow brotherly nation...1st of all, Kosovo is independent nation which can speak & accept friends as it wishes...Unlike for example Australia who is still bound umbillically to its 'mother' nation England who uses & abuses this whenever pleases...2nd, EU may preach democracy & liberalism, but certainly does not practice ie. Cyprus bias against TC!!!

Ken Alden

10/29/2013 2:13:33 PM

Why not, just as soon Serbia apologyses 10.000 times for the genocide in Srebermitca and the wanton death, destruction and years of Terror rained on civilian population of Sarajevo!

Maz Angeli

10/28/2013 11:26:06 PM

With Erdogan announcing that Turkey is Kosovo and Erdogan's adviser stating that Greece would be better off under Turkey, it is clear that Turkey will never be ready for the EU. The EU is a group of liberal democracies that believe in and execute liberal values & policies. Would you ever hear the UK say to Pakistan that it would better off under the UK? Of course not, why? Because the UK is liberal and has accepted it no longer has an empire, when will Turkey? Ataturk is turning in his grave!

kibrisli TURK

10/28/2013 9:46:32 AM

Serbia can go jump! They forget 90% of UN recognized Kosovo's independence with Turkey being amongst the first...this stinks of typical Serbain Ultranationalist, hateful & barbaric character & unfortunately runs through their veins...we have seen it during Yugoslavia breakup, Bosnia & Kosovo Genocides...they are also resentful of 600 years of Turkish rule, so any chance to attack they will! Pathetic nation..!

Avery Avery

10/27/2013 11:33:20 PM

{the Serbs deserve no apology as they are a perpetually murderous race of people}: Let us see; Serbs murdered how many Muslim Bosniacs ? 8,000 ? 10,000 max ? And what happened to millions of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians in Turkey ? I suppose they just walk away ? Any other perpetually murderous race you can think of ?

turkic voice

10/27/2013 9:50:51 PM

yes Erdogan, say sorry and correct your words was it suppose to be Serbia is Turkey

Alex Boscho

10/27/2013 9:18:34 PM

Message to all truth seekers and etc...like whole world revel the truth about USA intervention around the world from 1950 to this days (true goals for USA) and who is actually biggest war crime maker, soon Kosovo, and they politician leaders will come in very bad situation,just wait and see, how will USA will drop the Ramuš and Hašim down the drain, like every single "allies", From Reza Pahlavi, over Noriega, too Saddam and OSAMA

Tekion Particle

10/27/2013 9:07:10 PM

Prime example of why one should not engage the mouth before putting the brain in gear. Brain? what brain? On the hind side though, the Serbs deserve no apology as they are a perpetually murderous race of people who quickly decent into primate level when things get complicated. They are the ones who should be apologising to the humanity for their crimes.
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