Bulgaria Liberation Day Stirs Diplomatic Row in Kabul

Diplomacy | March 16, 2010, Tuesday // 18:00|  views

Major Daniela Blagoeva offended Turkish army officials in Kabul with her presentation dedicated to Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman Rule. Photo by “Duma” daily

The term “Turkish Yoke” stirred controversy between Bulgarian and Turkish servicemen from the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

Major Daniela Blagoeva, reportedly made a presentation dedicated to Bulgaria's Liberaton Day, which had been deemed offensive by Turkish army officers. Blagoeva had posted the presentation on the ISAF intranet in Kabul with text talking about the Turkish Yoke instead of the politically correct Ottoman Rule.

The Bulgarian Chief of Staff in Afghanistan had already apologized to his Turkish counterpart for the wrong use of terms.

The Bulgarian Defense Ministry informs the presentation had not been assigned to Blagoeva. The material has been deleted and the Turkish side expressed satisfaction over the swift reaction.

Blagoeva has not been punished and will continue to serve in Kabul until the new contingent arrives.


Tags: ISAF, March 3, Bulgarian Liberation Day, Bulgarian National Holiday, Bulgarian rangers, NATO mission in Afghanistan

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