CONSTANTINOPLE.- (ANA/A. Kourkoulas) — Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul said Friday that the Halki Theological School would be reopened soon. Gul said in a television interview that contacts in that direction were continuing between the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Higher Education Council (YOK) and the education ministry.
Foreign Minister Gul confirmed that informal dialogue between Greece and Turkey on Aegean issues was continuing.
“The talks are continuing, they have not been interrupted, and for them to continue means that the talks are progressing and that announcements will be made at the appropriate time,” he added.
Greek government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos on Friday strongly criticised a statement on Aegean issues by the deputy chief of Turkey’s Armed Forces General Staff, general Ilker Basbug, saying that these set back the talks that were underway and did not contribute to a solution of the problems.
Among others, Basbug had said that there was no question of Turkey backing down on its vital interests in the Aegean.