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Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu lashed out Sunday against the use of the term “neo-Ottomanism,” while admitting it is understandable for Balkan countries to maintain certain reservations about greater involvement by Turkey in the region. “For us, the Balkans represents a geography gradually lost over an extended period of some 215 years since the Treaty of Karlowitz, and where a memory was left behind with each loss ... During the last two years, our profile has been raised on every issue in the Balkans,” Davutoğlu said during an official trip to Kosovo as part of a Balkans tour.

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