Thursday October 30, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
19o C
12o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
US Secretary of State Kerry meets Patriarch Vartholomaios, urges Turkey to re-open Halki Seminary

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Turkey on Sunday to re-open Orthodox clergy schools near Istanbul that authorities have kept closed for more than 40 years.

"It is our hope that the Halki seminary will open, Kerry said during a press conference in Istanbul after two days of talks on the Syrian crisis and the Mideast peace process.

Kerry said he discussed religious freedom in overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey and the possible re-opening of the theological schools in talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The Halki seminary, where Orthodox clergy used to train, is located on an island off Istanbul and was closed in 1971, after Turkey fell out with Greece over Cyprus.

Kerry also met on Sunday the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians.

Both the United States and the European Union, which Turkey aspires to join, have increased pressure on Ankara to re-open the seminary as well as introducing further rights for religious minorities in the new constitution it is currently drafting.

Ankara says it is also in favour of such a move but cites procedural issues for the delay in implementing it.

Vartholomaios told Kerry that the Turkish government had improved its treatment of the Ecumenical Patriarchate recently.

Over the last few months and years, there has been progress in the governments behaviour towards the Patriarchate and more generally towards minorities, he said.

Of course, within this framework, we expect solutions to our existing problems, such as the re-opening of the Halki Seminary, which is a great need for our Patriarchate, for its present and future.

[AFP & Kathimerini English Edition]

ekathimerini.com , Monday April 22, 2013 (10:10)  
In Athens, NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border
Germany denies backing proposal for Greece to exit aid program
Boy, 13, dies after falling from fifth floor in Thessaloniki
Civil servants to be investigated for transferring money abroad
Italy, Greece banks lead Europe decliners amid capital concerns
Italian and Greek banks led stock declines among the regions lenders after European Banking Authority Chairman Andrea Enria said stress tests completed last week arent foolproof and more m...
European stocks tumble as banks decline after Enrias comments
European stocks retreated, erasing earlier gains, as banks from peripheral euro-area nations tumbled. U.S. index futures and Asian shares also declined. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.7 p...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Greece drops Samaras for Euro 2016 qualifier
Greece coach Claudio Ranieri has dropped striker Georgios Samaras from the national team after a dismal start to European Championship qualifying. Samaras, who plays for West Bromwich Albion...
BASKETBALL
Panathinaikos and PAOK retain perfect record
The third round of games in the Basket League over the weekend saw PAOK overcome the strong resistance of host KAOD at Drama, and Panathinaikos and Olympiakos inflict heavy losses on AEK and...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Time is running out in Afghanistan
Thirteen years after the attacks on the Twin Towers and NATO's entry into the war in Afghanistan, things remain pretty much unchanged: Political instability and insecurity reign in the Cent...
COMMENTARY
Cool heads required
Its time for Athens and Nicosia to deal with the current situation in Cypruss Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which a Turkish seismic research vessel has breached against international law,...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. In Athens, NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border
2. Greece drops Samaras for Euro 2016 qualifier
3. Germany denies backing proposal for Greece to exit aid program
4. Boy, 13, dies after falling from fifth floor in Thessaloniki
5. Italy, Greece banks lead Europe decliners amid capital concerns
6. Civil servants to be investigated for transferring money abroad
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek euro dilemma is back as minister predicts volatility
2. Students hijack university senate meeting
3. Clientelism belongs to the past, says Mitsotakis
4. Peripheral banks lead European shares lower after positive start
5. Over 1,500 buildings and vehicles damaged in flash floods
6. Tsipras to meet with BoG governor on Thursday
Today
This Week
1. At least 11 banks to fail European stress tests, three in Greece, report says
2. Austrias creative bookkeeping beats Greece on secret debts
3. Cyprus to block Turkey's EU talks after EEZ violation
4. End of reason, end of humanity
5. Clean bill of health for Greek banks from stress tests
6. Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.