Turkey's Syriac minority in Mardin province welcomes the imminent return of legal ownership of the Mor Gabriel Monastery to their community, a monastery official told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu said earlier that an Assyrian Christian cemetery belonging to the monastery had been mistakenly transferred to the state treasury. "We are now transferring this cemetery back to its owners," Cavusoglu added. Kuryakos Ergun, head of the foundation for Mor Gabriel Monastery, said the problem arose when Mardin Municipality's status was changed to a metropolitan municipality in 2014 and the title deeds of the monastery, church and cemeteries belonging to the Foundation of the Monastery of Mor Gabriel were handed to the Turkish state treasury.
Turkey's Assyrians Welcome Monastery's Return
By Halil Ibrahim Sincar, Nurten Aslan and Selahattin Erol
Posted 2017-11-23 16:29 GMT