ANKARA–In response to a Turkish government decision to change the religious status of Armenia’s living in Turkey from "Christian" to "Other Christian" in passports–the Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul Archbishop Mesrob has forwarded a request to the interior ministry of Turkey asking that the change not take place.
The Patriarch notes that the new category reserved solely for Armenia’s simply serves to discriminate and intimidate.
According to the Turkish newspaper Yeni Vatan–Armenia’s are determined to pursue the matter as a civil rights issue. Murad Berberoughlou–an advisor the Patriarch has stated that if the Patriarch’s request to the interior ministry yields no results–the Patriarch will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
The interior ministry has in the meantime notified the paper that it has received the Patriarch’s request and has forwarded it to the corresponding executive body dealing with such issues.