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Broadcasting date: 3-1-2005
Title : TURKEY: EUROPE OPENS PANDORA'S BOX
Subject : TURKEY

Omer Asan has spent years going in and out of courtrooms and his book about the civilization of Pontus has been confiscated. He waited in agony for the 17th of December to come, the day that Turkey’s European future would be discussed. Right after Brussels gave a positive reply, he is getting ready to publish a book about the Pontiacs in Turkey. 

 

Isil Kasaboglu wants to put on a Greek play in his theatre. “Now is the right moment”, he tells our program.

 

And the Kurds are ready to demand that they be recognized, not as a minority, but as co-founders of modern Turkey.

 

The perspective of Turkey’s accession in Europe has also opened “Pandora’s Box” for the Greeks living in our neighbor country. In Imvros and Tenedos, the Greek minority has shrunk in the previous decades: our program’s camera recorded the 13 elderly Tenedians who still live on the island. The European Union recognized their rights and the Turkish state will have to return their illegally confiscated possessions.

 

The same goes for the Greek assets in Constantinople. Turkish reporter Mehmed Guz reveals the tragicomic way in which many buildings of a neighborhood, belonging to the parish of Mary or Jesus, were confiscated: judges would call Mary or Jesus as witnesses, and due to the fact that they wouldn’t show up in court, they would order the confiscation of all their assets!!!

 

 

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