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Senator Sam Brownback, Chairman
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
March 10, 2005


(Washington) - The United States Helsinki Commission will hold a briefing to review the efforts of the Government of Turkey to undermine the existence of the Greek Orthodox Church in Turkey.


The Greek Orthodox Church in Turkey:
A Victim of Systematic Expropriation
10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
2360 Rayburn House Office Building

Briefing Panelists:

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President, Appeal of Conscience Foundation
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Catholic Archbishop of Washington
Dr. Anthony Limberakis, MD, National Commander, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle
Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches

A transcript will be available on the Helsinki Commission's web site at within 24 hours of the briefing.

The United States Helsinki Commission, an independent federal agency, by law monitors and encourages progress in implementing provisions of the Helsinki Accords. The Commission, created in 1976, is composed of nine Senators, nine Representatives and one official each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.


Media Contact: Ben Anderson
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