14 September 2012 Ohrid, Macedonia

The Ohrid step of SAM’s “From Balkan Wars to Balkan Peace” project was held on 14 September 2012.

Prof. Dr. Bülent Aras, Chairman of SAM, and Dr. Gürsel Dönmez, Vice-President of the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities attended the workshop representing Turkey.

The workshop coordinated by the Ohrid Horizon Association and Karabey District Association was held in the Ohrid Municipal Council’s conference hall. Maksud Ali, Secretary of the Karabey District Association, who also moderated the workshop; Erdoğan Saraç, Parliamentarian and Head of the Turkish National Union Movement; Prof. Dr. Adnan Kahil, Head of the Turkish Movement Party; Abdurrahim Bayraktar, Turkey’s Honorary Consul in Ohrid, and Cemal Rahman, Member of the Ohrid Municipal Council were present at the workshop among a wide range of other participants.

Prof. Bülent Aras gave an account of Turkish foreign policy and the Balkans and Dr. Gürsel Dönmez provided information of the events the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities had done in the Balkan region so far and its future projects.

The workshop was concluded with a discussion and Q&A session between the panelists and participants.