Turkey Wants to Revise the Turkish-Bulgarian Border

The Ministry of Exterior has called in Turkey's ambassador to Bulgaria for a talk after President Erdogan insisted for the Treaty of Lausanne (1923) to be revised. Article 15 of the Treaty of Lausanne, of course, ultimately defined the borders between Turkey, Bulgaria, and Greece. Now Erdogan wants to revisit the document.

Surprisingly there still hasn't been a proper reaction to Erdogan's words from the Bulgarian government. However, the MoEx published its position on its official Facebook page, claiming that Bulgaria has followed and always will follow the bidings of the law and the active treaties - such as the UN Charter and the Helsinki Accords from 1975. The Ministry expressed its hope that Turkey will continue the dialogue accordingly and also stated that a revision of borders will be counterproductive to peace and stability in the region. 

However, part of the government - the United Patriots - decided to comment on Erdogan's rhetorics. Deputy PMs Karakachanov and Simeonov both had something to say about the Lausanne Treaty. While Simeonov simply called it an act of provocation, Karakachanov elaborated a bit more and said that no political party would agree with speech that aims at undermining established treaties that protect a country's sovereignty. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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