03/12/10: Turkish Dep. PM meets with Ecumenical Patriarch, other religious minority leaders

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew participated on Friday, March 12, 2010 in a meeting of leaders of religious minorities in Turkey with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc.

Prime Minister Arinc referred to the Ecumenical Patriarchate's standing demand for the re-opening of the Halki Orthodox Seminary, saying this was "a reasonable and just" demand, while he clarified that the re-opening "is unfortunately, being obstructed by existing provisions, which form a major obstacle."
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