Gov't on decision regarding minority properties in Turkey

Foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras termed a decision by the Turkish government on the return to religious minorities' charitable institutions a "positive step on a long path" and noted that it must be evaluated by its application clauses and the results it will produce.
Called on to comment on the Turkish government's recent decision, the spokesman stressed that it is a process of changes and reforms that the Turkish government has undertaken, both in the framework of its European prospects and in the framework of its obligations towards its own citizens.
He further said that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself has said that previous Turkish governments followed unfair policies towards minorities.
Delavekouras added that "we believe that it is a historic obligation of Turkey, as the Turkish leadership itself has stated as well, to 'cure', to the degree possible... these injustices."
Called on to comment on a report in the Turkish newspaper "Vatan", which reports Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has raised an issue of reciprocity regarding the return of property, Delavekouras clarified that there is no question of reciprocity regarding human rights, and in any case Greece does not discuss issues concerning its citizens with third countries.

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