Minorities In Turkey Expect Equal Citizenship From The New Constitut

MINORITIES IN TURKEY EXPECT EQUAL CITIZENSHIP FROM THE NEW CONSTITUTION

12:46 05.03.2013

Minorities in Turkey are raising high expectations over a new
Constitution, Laki Vingas, who is in charge of minority foundations in
the Foundations Directorate General, said yesterday during an Istanbul
panel that gathered Orthodox Parliament members from various countries,
the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“Turkey is in a process of change. As minority communities, we expect
equal citizenship from the new Constitution,” said Vingas, addressing
the panel titled “The Social Dimension of Monotheistic Religion,”
organized by The Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO)
at the Hotel Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus.

Vingas made a speech titled “Religious minorities as a factor of
democracy and co-existence,” in which he underlined the minorities’
hopes from the new Constitution.

The conference was held on Mar. 3 and 4 with the attendance of Fener
Greek Patriarch Bartholomew, Turkey’s Armenians Acting Patriarch
Archbishop Aram Ateºyan, President of the IAO General Assembly and
Member of the Russian State Duma, Sergei Popov. Parliament members
from Greece, Finland, Russia, Armenia, Egypt, Poland, Georgia, Serbia,
Bulgaria and Greek Cyprus were present at the panel.

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