The relations between Turkey and Macedonia: The incoherencies of a political partnership

Abstract : Turkey seems to have hesitated to act unilaterally towards this Republic whose name, if not identity, was contested. In the years 1992-1994, the recognition of the independence of the Republic and the establishment of diplomatic relations was estimated to be the most Turkey could do in such an international and regional context. It acted as much as it could within international organizations to which it belongs, but avoided tightening bilateral links on sensitive (political or strategic) issues. Yet, this "self-restrained" Turkish diplomacy in the Balkans does not explain or justify the incoherencies of the Turkish diplomacy toward this country, and notably the late signing and implementation of economic cooperation instruments, whereas exchanges are the best way to strengthen, in the long term, a political partnership.
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Sylvie Gangloff. The relations between Turkey and Macedonia: The incoherencies of a political partnership. Turkish Review of Balkan Studies, 2001, pp. 37-56. ⟨hal-00583229⟩

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