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Geographic Background Turkey occupies a region partly in Europe and partly in Asia European Turkey known as eastern THRACE is bounded on the north by the BLACK SEA and Bulgaria and on the west by the AEGEAN SEA and Greece It is separated from Asian Turkey ANATOLIA or Asia Minor by the BOSPORUS the Sea of MARMARA and the DARDANELLES Strait Anatolia is bounded on the north by the Black Sea on the east by Georgia Armenia and Iran on the south by Iraq Syria and the Mediterranean Sea and on the west by the Aegean Sea June 28 1997 Nekmettin Erbakan becomes Turkeys first Islamic Prime Minister Few United States newspapers published this turn in leadership and even less publicity declared the dramatic ramifications of such an election for the new head of government Defined as a Republican Parliamentary Democracy the Republic of Turkey had been a secular nation for 73 years With an Islamic majority in Parliament dramatic changes are inevitable Press in the United States has been minimal because the country is a half a world away however the citizens of this nation should be concerned The United States over the past 10 years has supplied Turkey with 53 billion in military aid such extraordinary power with an abrupt shift in leadership will be very dangerous within the country and internationally To predict what is looming in the future of Turkey it is best to examine the history that brought the country to elect such a leader and how it will interplay with current conditions and leadership within the country Turkey is historically linked to Islamic principles while simultaneously founded on western idealism Geographically Turkey is both part of Europe and Asia A portion Eastern Thrace is considered part of Europe and the rest Asia Minor Please refer to the previous page This blend of unusual circumstances has proved advantageous and dangerous in diplomatic relations The Republic of Turkey
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