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Ankara gives glimmer of hope for rights of Ecumenical Patriarchate

ICC Note: It remains to be seen whether the leader of the Orthodox church in Istanbul is right to be encouraged at his meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister.

11/3/07 Turkey (AsiaNews) –The Turkish government appears willing to open up to finding a solution to the insistent problem of minority rights, in particular regarding the Ecumenical Patriarch, although it may be too early for any celebrations. These were the conclusions drawn by the Patriarch Bartholomew at the end of a second round of meetings in Ankara with Foreign minister, Ali Babacan (see photo), Education minister Huseyn Celik, Justice minister, Ali Sahin, and State minister, Besir Atalay, all of whom are directly involved in the issue of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and minorities in general… [Go To Full Story]