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Turkey hints Orthodox seminary could reopen

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2004.05.28 Reuters: Turkey hints Orthodox seminary could reopen ISTANBUL TURKISH Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul on May 7 said his government was not opposed to
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 3, 2004
      2004.05.28 Reuters:

      Turkey hints Orthodox seminary could reopen

       ISTANBUL

       TURKISH Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul on May 7 said his government was not opposed to the reopening of a Greek Orthodox seminary in Istanbul, seen as an important gesture in Turkey's efforts to boost its EU bid.

       Turkey is racing to meet the European Union's political criteria before the end of the year to win a date from the bloc to begin accession talks sometime next year.

       Among the reforms the EU wants to see are rights guaranteed to Turkey's non-Muslim residents, including an easing on restrictions on opening houses of worship.

       "We don't think it's appropriate to block the opening of Heybeliada's seminary," Gul said in an interview with private broadcaster NTV.

       Turkey closed the Halki seminary on Istanbul's Heybeliada island in 1971 under a law limiting activities at post-secondary religious schools, including Muslim institutions.

       (
      Reuters)
       ATHENS NEWS , 28/05/2004, page: A06  Article code: C13068A064
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