The decision that transferred many Syriac churches and monasteries under the jurisdiction of the presidency of religious affairs has been reversed. Although the decision was reversed the ownership of the churches and monasteries are still held by the Turkish Treasury department.
According to an official statement, in order for the problem to be solved there needs to be a change in the legal code or else the same situation will persist. The president of the Purple Gabriel Monastery association in Midyat, Kuryakos Ergün, has also confirmed the reversal of the decision. However, he has added that the situation will not change much until the department of treasury gives the ownership of the holy sites to the concerned associations.
A controversial decision
The decision of the Turkish state to seize was condemned in the beginning of the week by the bishop of The Berlin Protestant Church, Markus Droge. Droge had also added that transforming these worship places into museums would also be a wrong decision.
According to the German Catholic News Agency (KNA), 2,000 Syriac live in Mardin, 20,000 Syriacs in Turkey, 150,000 Syriacs in Germany and 350 Syriacs in the European Union.Denizalp Goktas