New York (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) – Depuy Foreign Minister Ioannis Valinakis and Archbishop of America Demetrius discussed on Friday the “important developments” concerning the decisions of the European Human Rights Court against Turkey that were achieved by the Kimisis tis Theotokou Orthodox Church Foundation.
Valinakis, who is in New York to represent the government at events organised by the Federation of Dodecannese Societies of America on the 61st anniversary of the incorporation of the Dodecannese islands with Greece, had the opportunity of discussing with the Greek Orthodox Church Primate a series of problems concerning the Ecumenical Patriarchate that “continue to exist.”
Valynakis praised the role played by Archbishop Demetrius on the issue of the orphanage. It is reminded that the Commission on International Religious Freedom of the United States had called on the Turkish government to implement the relevant decision taken by the European Human Rights Court.
Another issue discussed at the Archdiocese’s offices in Manhattan was the recent initiative by 32 members of the U.S. Congress to send a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama calling, among other things, for the implementation of human rights and of religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Lastly, also discussed were aspects regarding Turkey’s European course, as well as issues related to the expatriates community and the economic crisis.