Mufti: Religious rights threatened 6 October 2009 | 11:06 | Source: Tanjug
NOVI PAZAR -- Chief mufti of the Islamic Community in Serbia, Muamer Zukorliæ, has told EP Rapporteur Jelko Kacin that the rights of Serbian Muslims are in danger.
Zukorliæ met with Kacin in Slovenia to gave him a detailed report on the state of religious rights in Serbia, especially the “unlawful behavior of the Religion Ministry towards Islam, the Islamic community and Muslims,” and the “jeopardizing of Islamic teaching in schools in Sandžak.”
According to a statement signed by Islamic Community spokesman Sead Šaæiroviæ, teaching of religion education in Sandžak schools “is endangered by head teachers and officials from the Education and Religion Ministries.”
Kacin, who is serving his second term as the European Parliament’s rapporteur to Serbia, was also interested in relations between the Serbian government and the International University in Novi Pazar, founded by Zukorliæ in 2006.
There is also a State University in Novi Pazar, which was also founded in 2006.
I find this weird as today Turkey is supporting them.
Turkish support is more emotional then anything else. Kemalists are still a major force in Turkish politics (especially the military) and they oppose interfering in the affairs of other states.
Only Islamists make such statements of supporting Bosniaks or any other Muslim groups where Turks have influece <-- but usually such government are overthrown in a military coup.
Anyways for all the talk of Bosniak-Turkish berotherhood, it's just like Russia and Serbia essentially emotional and no real support (evenmore then in Russia).
Aside from unsuccefully lobbying for Bosnia to the west and taking in under 30,000 Bosnian refugees Turkey never really helped Bosnia. Turkey never sent arms (Iranians and Saudi's did that), there weren't Turk muhajedin fighting for Bosnia (they were Arabs), Turkey has had a quite minimal role in reconstruction and peacekeeping (even less significant then Russia had in KFOR).
Aside from some statemtns and investing in some infrastructure projects in Sandzak region (saving some $100 million in future budgetary expenses in Serbia <-- also being carried out by private firms not Turkish govenrment) the Turks talk amounts to essentialyl nothing.
"it's just like Russia and Serbia essentially emotional and no real support "
Radovic, Russia is just an isolated nation of 140 millions, having to face a strong alliance of -USA : 300 Million -EU : 400 Million + some "retail" (croatia, georgia, turkey, albania) = 100 Million Taking into account that strong countries like Japan (=150Million) are acting as USA extension we have some 140Million slavs with NO friends having to face over 600Million of "western" nations... I dont find that task easy at all. Even the fact that the probability of bombs filling the Serbian skies and the Serbian refugees forming caravans once again, now seems so distant and unreal, and this due to Russian help, for me is big dose of support.
As far as Turkey is concerned, inside they have to play the "Kemalist" card and outside the "muslim" card. No kemalist would bother if he saw Turkey expanding in the balkans using her islamist version.
sorryp, Kealists tolerate "neo-ottomanism" to a certain degree. They have a limit. During the early 90s, neo-ottomans were in power and when they talked of a "Turkish commonwealth" form the Chinese border to the Adriatic and actively planned to invade Armenia over the Armenian-Azeri conflict the Kemalists [it is believed the Kemalist ideologied army guild the neo-tootman Turgut Ozal, who was a pan-Turkist].
The ties to Turks to such groups are emotionals. Turkish leader,s particularly military, no that such acxtions could be sued afainst them. Look at the Kurds, they're the biggest problem but there are many others for them.