Turkey threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians

Turkey’s prime minister has threatened to deport 100,000 Armenian migrants, amid renewed tensions over Turkish mass killings of Armenians in World War I.

Recent resolutions in the US and Sweden have called the killings «genocide».

Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the BBC that of 170,000 Armenians living in Turkey «70,000 are Turkish citizens».

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Diritti dei cristiani, Turchia «assediata»

L’appello di Obama a Erdogan, una delegazione ecumenica ad Ankara: pressing per le minoranze
 
Nei giorni scorsi sono avvenuti due fatti significativi rispetto alla situazione delle minoranze religiose in Turchia, in particolare i cristiani. Ad Istanbul, ricordiamolo, vi è la sede del Patriarcato ortodosso, guidato da Bartolomeo I, al quale però il governo turco non riconosce lo status di patriarca “ecumenico”, cioè con valore internazionale.
 
Ricevendo il premier turco Erdogan alla Casa Bianca, Barack Obama ha lanciato un chiaro messaggio di richiesta di maggior tutela della minoranza cristiana nell’ex Impero ottomano, oggi a stragrande maggioranza islamica. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Erdoğan open on minorities, makes first visit to disputed Patriarchate buildings

Ecumenical Patriarchate

by NAT da Polis

Prime minister makes surprise visit to Bartholomew I and Büyükada Island, home to buildings owned by the Patriarchate, seized by the Turkish government, but recognised as Orthodox Church property by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The Turkish prime minister continues on his path as a Janus-faced leader, in favour of democracy and minority rights on the one hand and playing the Turkish nationalist card on the other.

Istanbul (AsiaNews) – An important event took place on 15 August, feast day of the Dormition (Assumption) of Mary. For the first time a Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, visited the orphanage and monastery of Ayia Yorgi (Saint George) of Kudunas on Büyükada (Prince or Foremost) Island in the Sea of Marmara. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The city of Antalya in Turkey (the ancient Greek town of Attaleia) welcomes an Orthodox church request by the Russian Patriarch

A recent request from Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill that the Mediterranean city of Antalya must have an Orthodox church has received support from local politicians and tourism investors.

Kirill noted during his visit to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week that Antalya, which hosts millions of Russian tourists every year and also has residents of Russian origin, does not have an Orthodox church. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »