22 December, 2006
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis will visit Bulgaria on January 1, 2007 to attend events held on the occasion of the country’s formal accession into the EU, stated foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos during the weekly press briefing on Thursday.
Koumoutsakos responded negatively to the question on whether he has received a letter by the so-called “Advisory Committee” of the Muslim minority in northern Greece, in view of the planned “pseudo-mufti election”, adding that the minority has legally recognized religious leaders who exercise their religious and judicial duties.
“The handling of the Greek minority's rights by Greece is known and clear and I don’t think that it is an issue in bilateral relations with Turkey”, he added, referring to the mufti issue.
Responding to a question on the likelihood of a visit by Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to the region, given the fact that this “election” will be held in the meantime, he stated that the fact that there is no skepticism and concern on behalf of the Greek State in case of foreign visitors to any region of the country is still another way to attest that the Muslim minority, its present and future, is not a bilateral relations issue with any other state.
Source: Athens News Agency