Turkey: ESU Statement regarding Syriac properties in the southeast region

As reported this week in several media outlets in Turkey, a planned new bill will be presented to the Turkish Parliament regarding the issue of 50 Syriac Christian properties that had been seized by the state in the south-east region of Turkey, namely in Turabdin.

From the start of the property issue six months ago, ESU have been active regarding the Syriac properties by alerting public opinion, European authorities, different media outlets and key organisations in Turkey as well as in Europe.

Speaking to the media in Turkey, Rudy Sumer, the lawyer of the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation, declared the following: “The 30 properties that should be returned include Mor Malke, Mor Ya’qub and Mor Dimet monastery. These three are very important.”

ESU welcomes new initiative of returning back Syriac properties which are valuable assets of Syriac Christian heritage in the region. By this, ESU call upon all concerned authorities to make necessary arrangements to return back the Syriac properties amounting to around 50 in total, including monasteries and churches among others. This is a fundamental right of all citizens of Turkey, including Syriac people, to acquire their rights and properties to the foundations of Syriac people in the region.

ESU will continue to work on and follow the issue of Syriac properties in Turabdin in Turkey with European authorities. The properties in question represent historical, cultural, religious heritage of Syriac people and remain living monuments of the whole region.

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Date: 26/02/2018




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