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Restoration Of Properties Of Christian And Jewish Foundations My Priority Says US Ambassador To Turkey


U.S. ambassador to Turkey John Bass says, advocating full respect for the rights of Turkey’s ethnic and religious communities, including restoring ownership of religious property, will be a very important priority for me and my staff.

John R. Bass- US ambassador to Turkey
John R. Bass- US ambassador to Turkey

John Bass also noted that the Turkish “government seized thousands of properties belonging to Christian and Jewish religious foundations between 1936 and 2011.”He listed several specific actions he would take to help secure their return, including “working with both the national government and local governments to replicate the success of projects like the restoration of the St. Giragos Armenian church in Diyarbakir, which was restored and reopened as a church in 2011.”