Dutch member of the PACE Peter Omtzigt addressed written questions to urge the Council to ask for an explanation from the Turkish government regarding the recently seized properties of Christian minorities. Omtzigt states that the government confiscated more than a hundred of properties which belong to Syriac-Orthodox Church and community some of which are for more than a thousand years. The questions that Omtzigt specifically posed are following:
- Will the Committee of Ministers formally ask for an explanation from the Turkish government on this expropriation?
- Is the Committee of Ministers aware of any expropriations of properties of other religious communities in Turkey?
- Does the Committee of Ministers agree that ownership of these Christian properties should be handed back to the community