Assyrians living in and outside Turkey are concerned from the move made by the court concerning the most revered place of worship for the Assyrians â€“ 1700-year-old Mor Gabriel monastery in Mardin Province.
According to the head of the Assyrian Association in Turkey Evgil Turker five lawsuits have been filed against the administration of the monastery: among suing sides are the forest, treasury and other ministries.
â€œTerritories which have belonged to us for thousand years were expropriated. We hope that during trails the court will find a solution, but so far it was without any results,â€ Turker informed.
During time the monastery got surrounded by communities as more people settled in that area. As a result people nearby villages sued the monastery claiming that it occupies their territory