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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-05-13

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Athens on Amman decision over Jerusalem Patriarch

  • [01] Athens on Amman decision over Jerusalem Patriarch

    Greece's foreign ministry on Sunday expressed its heightened concern over the recent troubling developments concerning the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and specifically, an unprecedented decision by the Jordanian government to lift its recognition of Patriarch Theofilos.

    Among others, foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said the ministry's general secretary, Amb. Chr. Rokanas, had already met with the Patriarch on Sunday.

    "The hurried stance by the Jordanian government regarding the retraction of the Jerusalem Patriarch's recognition did not allow the necessary time for required decisions by Patriarch Theofilos, who has the inalienable right to take such decisions, and of course, the corresponding responsibility ... Greece fully supports the venerable institution of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem," the spokesman said, adding:

    "(Greece) will continue to work responsibly in order to quickly resolve the current misunderstanding; to normalise the situation and to consolidate the Patriarchate, as well as to fulfil its (Patriarchate) mission vis-?-vis the entire Orthodox congregation in this very sensitive part of the world; a region that has suffered greatly every time that obstinacy and intransigence persevered over dialogue and calm."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of George Koumoutsakos.


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