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Turks, Kurds Threaten Assyrian Monastery in Turkey

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    Turks, Kurds Threaten Assyrian Monastery in Turkey Posted GMT 12-2-2008 11:56:18 Tur Abdin, Turkey (AINA) -- Kurdish leaders fromthe villages of Yayvantepe,
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      Turks, Kurds Threaten Assyrian Monastery in Turkey
      Posted GMT 12-2-2008 11:56:18

      Tur Abdin, Turkey (AINA) -- Kurdish leaders fromthe villages of Yayvantepe, Eglence and Candarli,in cooperation with influential members of theruling Justice and Development party (AKP), arecontinuing their so-called "lawful means"campaign to confiscate the land of the Assyrianmonastery of St. Gabriel, founded in 397 A.D.(AINA 9-16-2008). During the Ottoman Empire themonastery received the status of a Foundation forthe Syrian Orthodox Church and is still legallyregarded as such. Over the last three decades ithas developed into a major religious andcommunity center that attracts tens of thousandsvisitors from Turkey and abroad. The entireregion has benefited from this development,though for some fanatic Kurdish village heads, it seems to be a problem.
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      For full text, please visit http://www.aina.org/releases/20081202055618.htm
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