Further to my post last week about the reestablishment of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans:

Bosnian immigrants feel at home in Turkey’s Bursa: Envoy

Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Ankara Dragoljub Ljepoja visited the Governor of the north-western province of Bursa Harput. (World Bulletin, Sep. 18, 2010)

Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Ankara Dragoljub Ljepoja visited the Governor of the north-western province of Bursa, Sahabettin Harput, on Friday.

Bursa has a special place in our hearts as the people of Bursa made great contributions to my country, Ambassador Ljepoja said.

There are very good political, economic and cultural relations between Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina. We want to develop economic cooperation with Turkey, Ljepoja said.

Bosnia-Herzegovina has an embassy in Ankara and a consulate general in Istanbul.

We have three honorary consulates general in Turkey, including one in Bursa. We want to strengthen relations by opening new honorary consulates general in various corners of Turkey, Ljepoja stressed.

Expressing happiness over Ambassador Ljepoja’s visit to Bursa, Governor Harput said that Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina were two friendly countries with historic and cultural ties.

Bursa has hundreds of immigrants and the people of Bursa love Bosnians. Feel at home in Bursa. There are 73 million Bosnians in Turkey, Harput also said.

(Note: I think the “73 million” figure must be a misprint; perhaps the intended word was “thousand”.)

We also have a rough Google translation of a Vesti interview with Srdja Trifkovic:

Serbs Again Under the Turks (Sep. 17, 2010 by R. LONČAR)

Can you connect with neo-osmanizmom [neo-Ottomanism, I think] Muslim demands for autonomy in the Raska region?

- to 500,000 square kilometers of the Balkans today, there are about 60 million people. Orthodox Christians - Greeks , Bulgarians , Serbs , Macedonians and Slovenia have a slim majority, barely above 50 percent. Muslims - 12 million of them in the European part of Turkey, and nearly that many more Albanians, Slavic Muslims and ethnic Turks outside of Turkey - account for about 40 percent , while Catholics ( mostly Croats ) has only seven percent.

These communities do not live today, nor have they ever lived in a multicultural harmony. Most of the Balkan Muslims live in compact zones of the territory along the transversal. There are only two significant gaps in the chain. One is in eastern Macedonia and the other in a triangle Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Pljevlja in the Raska region, along the road and the railway Belgrade-Bar. Thus, the Sandzak is one of the most critical geopolitical points in the Balkans. For Islamists, the key demographic split along the green chain exists in three municipalities in Serbia - Priboj, Nova Varos and blocks. In Sjenica Tutin and Serbs are still only in traces, in Novi Pazar is rapidly disappearing.

Where is that Turkey’s role ?

- Turkey is actively involved in bridging the critical missing link in the green corridor Transversal, incomprehensible to the willingness of official Belgrade…In relation to Zukorlic [an imam trying to usurp power over the Muslims of Serbia, from the official main imam], Turkey now slyly plays “good cop”: just leave us your problem, is Erdogan’s message to Tadic, we will keep it under control…

And what to say to Belgrade?
- Acceptance of the institutionalized presence of Turkey as a legitimate participant in national and regional political processes, and an arbitrator in them, by official Belgrade is a phenomenon without precedent. It can be compared with the role of the Soviet Union’s Eastern European satellite countries, ” the Society,” before Gorbachev. Serbia thus became, de facto, a state with limited sovereignty, not only [by virtue of] western mentors and protectors of the ruling coalition, but also in relation to neoosmanlijsku [neo-Ottoman] government in Ankara…

Chain to Cazin

What is the objective of the concept of Green Transversal ?

- To mark the long-term goal of Islamic ideologues, the Balkans and beyond, creating a geographically unbroken chain of majority Muslim communities or communities under the domination of Muslims who will be provided by Turkey in the southeast to Cazin BiH in the northwest, as well as to strengthen the consciousness of the traditional ethno-religious Muslim communities in the Balkans.

Soon the majority in the Balkans will be Muslims. Is this an Islamic revival?

- The rate of demographic growth is negative in all countries of the region with a Christian majority, in some catastrophic. By contrast , Muslims have the highest rate of population growth in Europe, and Albanians are at the top of the list. If the trend continues , Muslims will have a simple majority in the Balkans by the end of next decade.