Author(s): Ya?ar ÖZÜÇET?N

The primary aim of the new Turkish state after the triumph of Independence War was to establish peace both at home and with neighbours. Turkey attached importance to peace in line with this aim. As one of the gates of Turkey to the Balkans, Bulgaria had a distinct place among the Balkan states. Turks and Bulgars were defeated allies during the First World War. The bilateral relations were almost severed due to the post-war agreements. The Bulgarian-Turkish ties revived from the beginniing of National War ofIndependence. Bulgarian statesmen endeavoured to converge on the same ideal with new Turkey and visited Turkey for several times. The visit of Education Minister Boyaciyef and General Todor Markov, who had a role in developing bilateral relations, on the occasion of decennial of Turkish Republic was within this scope. As he utered at a conference, the impressions of Bulgarian General Markov during the mentioned visit was as follows: Turks have a spirit of struggle, Turkish Republic was a result of Atatürk’s firm and determined initiatives, inequality between men and women was removed, Republican government served for public improvement of Ankara, and Turks and Bulgars had common politial interests.


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