18 September, 2006
The U.S. State Department has expressed disappointment because American officials are obliged to continuously address the issue of the Halki School of Theology not reopening.
The State Department official responsible for the issue of religious freedoms, ambassador John Hanford, spoke of his personal disappointment during a briefing following the publication of the State Department's annual report.
Replying to a question on whether progress has been achieved regarding issues of religious freedom in Turkey and the question of Halki in particular, Hanford said that he and other American diplomats have had contacts with the Turkish authorities on this issue and feels disappointed over the lack of progress, while he believes that the School of Theology is in a position to reopen in a matter of days.
Source: Athens News Agency