22 August, 2007
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis commented on Tuesday on the summoning of the Ecumenical Patriarch to testify before a prosecuting authority in Istanbul on the use of the title "Ecumenical", saying that those responsible are wasting their time and are discrediting themselves.
"If some people in Turkey believe that with such stale, provocative and ulitmately unacceptable actions they can deal a blow at the prestige of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and of the spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians all over the world, let it be made clear to them that they are wasting their time. They are wasting their time and discrediting themselves, while also discrediting their country interna-tionally, that is hoping for a European course without obstacles such as those that they are raising with such actions," the foreign minister said.
Source: Athens News Agency