| Yesterday in Dublin, Tom Slattery (Director of Operations, Evangelical Alliance Ireland) and David Turner (National Co-ordinator, Christian Concern for Freedom of Conscience) presented a dossier to the Turkish Embassy titled
It summarised the following issues of concern to Christians in Turkey:
The dossier was received by Ms. Gulseren Celik (First Counsellor, Turkish Embassy) who discussed the issues raised in the dossier which had been prepared in consultation with Turkish Christians in the aftermath of the murder of three Christians (Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel & Tilmann Geske) in April at a Christian publishing house in Malatya, southeastern Turkey.
Ms. Celik responded by presenting two statements (from the President and Interior Minister of Turkey) that strongly condemned the Malatya murders. Tom and David expressed their appreciation of these statements. David moved on to state that evangelicals in Turkey were concerned about the unchallenged anti-Christian propaganda in the Turkish media which had fed hostility to Christians and led to attacks against Christians.
The cordial 45-minute meeting ended with Tom and David underlining the request that a Turkish government representative meet the Alliance of Protestant Churches of Turkey (the representative body of Turkish evangelicals) to discuss these areas of concern.