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Talks in Jerusalem raise hopes

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_100018_12/05/2007_83361 May 12, 2007 Talks in Jerusalem raise hopes A meeting in Jerusalem yesterday
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      May 12, 2007

      Talks in Jerusalem raise hopes

      A meeting in Jerusalem yesterday between Greece's Orthodox Patriarch
      Theophilos and the Palestinian Christian Affairs Council was
      described by patriarch officials as "constructive."

      The news was a relief to Greek government officials who were
      concerned by speculation earlier this week that Jordanian and
      Palestinian authorities are considering withdrawing their recognition
      of Theophilos. The Palestinian council did not confirm that it would
      continue to recognize Theophilos but "showed goodwill," according to
      patriarchate officials.

      According to sources, the Palestinians asked for a full update of the
      patriarchate's property in the wake of a scandal in 2005, when then
      patriarch Irenaios was deposed for allegedly selling Church property
      in a sensitive area of east Jerusalem to Israeli companies.
      Palestinians also pressed for the creation of a mixed council,
      including Orthodox laymen alongside clerics, to oversee the
      patriarchate's assets.

      Sources said that Jordanian authorities are less likely to be
      flexible in talks. Theophilos is due in Amman tomorrow.
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