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To Vima Online - Greece | 30/03/2006

Athens still has no mosque

"After nearly 70 years of discussions and exchanges of official letters, the government still has not managed to build a mosque in Athens," reports the daily. "In 1939, a decree mentioned the construction of a mosque in Athens. Since then, nothing. If the Church of Greece has always shown itself to be reticent, it has managed to do so discreetly, by suggesting construction outside the city or by alluding to the wounds inflicted by the Ottoman occupation as a way of dissuading the government. Today, the law has been approved but the construction has been delayed once again. However, the problem is not just a Greek one this time. Indeed, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Koweit are ready to finance the building of the mosque, but it remains to be decided which regional council would oversee it."

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