'Athens violates Turkish minority's rights in Thrace'

Turkey criticizes move on Islamic authorities' appointment

04 August, 11:54

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, AUGUST 4 - The Turkish foreign ministry has accused Greece of "violating once again the rights and freedoms of the Turkish minority in western Thrace". In a statement issued on Thursday, the ministry slammed as "unacceptable" a new measure approved by Athens under which Greek authorities have the right to appoint Islamic religious leaders (muftis) for the Turkish minority residing in western Thrace, which includes about 150,000 people. According to Turkey, the new legislation allegedly violates international law by ignoring the role of muftis who have already been elected by the minority. (ANSAmed) (ANSA).

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