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Turkey Returns Historic Monastery to Syriac Community

St. Gabriel Monastery, founded in 397 A.D.
Turkey has returned the historic Mor Gabriel Monastery in the south-eastern city of Mardin back to the Syriac community after the General Management of Foundations granted its consent on Tuesday.

The case of the St. Gabriel Monastery

The return of the monastery to the minority community was first brought up following the declaration of Turkey's democratization packet in October 2013.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Turk, the monastery's foundation chairman Kuryakos Ergun thanked Turkey for returning the monastry to the Syriac people after a long struggle.

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