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Turkey denies kidnapped Syrian bishops held in Turkey

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-denies-kidnapped-syrian-bishops-held-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52367&NewsCatID=352 Turkey denies kidnapped Syrian
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      Turkey denies kidnapped Syrian bishops held in Turkey

      ANKARA

      The Turkish Foreign Ministry has dismissed the claims that two kidnapped
      Syrian bishops were held in Turkey.

      Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yaziji and Syriac Orthodox Bishop Yohanna
      Ibrahim were kidnapped April 22 in Syria by armed men en route from the
      Turkish border.

      “These claims are totally unrealistic. It is clear that these claims,
      which we regret, serve some circles’ own interests and aim to leave
      Turkey in a difficult situation,” the written statement said, referring
      to some reports that the clergymen were being held inside Turkey.

      “It is beneficial to reiterate these facts: Turkey wishes for the
      bishops to be released as soon as possible and to that end it is making
      every effort. But, the abduction took place outside Turkey so efforts
      are limited. Within this framework, Turkey, like many other countries,
      is making contributions to secure their release.”

      August/12/2013
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