32Halki Theology School
- Feb 3, 2004WORKS ON THE REOPENING OF THE HALKI THEOLOGY SCHOOL ARE UNDERWAY
Istanbul, 31 January 2004
Halki Theology School
Turkish Minister of Education Hussein Tselik stated that works are
underway at the Ministry for the reopening of the Halki Theology
School and that there are no obstacles for its functioning under the
control of the state.
Mr. Tselik made these statements to the Turkish press in Istanbul,
after his visit to the Fanari where he attended a dinner held by
Ecumenical Patriarch Varthlomeos, for the celebration of the 550th
anniversary of the founding of another Patriarchal School, the Great
School of the Nation, which was also attended by the Greek Minister
of Education, Petros Efthymiou.
The Turkish Minister stressed that the Patriarch had informed him of
the problem regarding the Theology School, and added: "There were
works regarding what should be done, what the legal infrastructure
is and why this issue has been pending for so many years. I think
that we will be able to come to result in a short period of time".
In fact, the Greek Minister stated that a joint committee should be
formed and negative comments should be taken out of school books as
soon as possible.