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Apostolic visit to Turkish Republic started.


29 March 2011, Turkey: His Holiness the Patriarch Moran Mor  Ignatius Zakka Iwas started a three-day official visit to the Turkish government in Ankara. Accompanied the head of the Syrian Orthodox Church of the Metropolitan Mor Gregorios Hanna Ibrahim of Aleppo, Mor Philoxenos Mattias Nayis, Secretary of the Patriarch of Syria, Mor Philoxenos Yusuf Cetin of Istanbul and Ankara and Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktas of Tur Abdin, together with the Diocesan Council Presidents of the two dioceses in Turkey, and the chairman of the foundation of the monastery Mor Gabriel monastery Kuryakus Ergün and attorneys Rudi Sümer.

According to information of the abbot of the monastery Mor Augin Yokin Unfal from the monastery of Mor Gabriel over Suryoyo Online meets the Patriarch and his delegation on Wednesday (30.03.2011), together with the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan in Ankara Receb Tayib. The focus of the Patriarch's visit is a conversation with the Turkish government on the current situation threatening the Syrians in Turkey, namely the expropriation of the lands of the monastery Mor Gabriel in Tur Abdin by the Turkish state.

After the verdict in January and February 2011 said the highest court in Ankara, Turkey 24.4 hectares of the Treasury and other 27.6 acres of monastery land to the Forest Service. Evidence such as government land titles pushed the court simply ignored and not appreciated. The Turkish state and three neighboring Muslim villages brought four lawsuits against the monastery. The criminal trial against the president of the Foundation monastery is still open. Such government measures to intimidate the Christian Arameans in Turkey. The Southeast Anatolian region of Malatya to the Syrian and Iraqi border are of the Aramaic original inhabitants almost entirely free. Only 3,000 people in the Tur Abdin remain. Thus, their churches and monasteries were gone.


His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas in talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on the Mor Gabriel Monastery Land Dispute.



30th March 2011, Ankara, Turkey: His Holiness Moran Mor  Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, The Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch was accompanied by Mor Gregorius Yohanna Ibrahim Metropolitan of Aleppo, Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktas Bishop of Tur Abdinand Mydiat, Mor Philoxenos Yusuf Cetin Bishop of Istanbul and Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis Patriarchal Assistant on an official visit as a guest of the Turkish government.

 


Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, welcomed, in his residence in Ankara, His Holiness and the accompanied delegation of bishops and members of the Tur Abdin and Istanbul Church Council and the head of the legal team in charge of the Tur Abdin case.

 


Also present at the meeting were the Turkish Secretary for the Environment whose office is responsible for Turkish Forestry, senior members of the Turkish civil servants representing different ministries involved in this case and members of the diplomatic corps.


The talks took place pending the judicial proceedings in relation to the dispute of annexing land of Church Syrian Orthodox Church in the region of Tur Abdin South East Turkey.

 


His Holiness highlighted the ancient history of the Syrian Orthodox and their coexistence in Turkey. His Holiness discussed the case of Tur Abdin and how after, two thousand years we are now witnessing sacreligious moves to annexe land and properties of the Monasteries of Mar Gabriel, a sacred monastery and an important spiritual centre and destination for pilgrims for the Syrian Orthodox (second to Jerusalem). His Holiness stressed that justice must take its course in the restoration of the rights of the Church. His Holiness assured the Prime Minster that the Church will not forsake its rights in its sacred places at any cost.


Mr. Ordogan highlighted his appreciation of the role and participationsof the Syrian Orthodox in Turkey whose fingerprints are indelible in the history of Turkey. Mr Ordogan told the Patriarch and his delegation that he will be following the case and will do his utmost to find a proper outcome to settle this dispute after the issuance of the court’s verdict. The meeting lasted for over an hour. It was agreed that the Patriarch and Prime Minster Erdoğan will meet again soon after the court verdict to follow up the disputed lands of St Gabriel’s Monastery.


A report of the meeting appeared in the Turkish equivalent to the court circular and was widely covered by the Turkish media.

 

Source: Alepposuryoye.com

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