Greece denies reports of selling consulate building
A man and a woman talk as a Greek flag flutters atop the Parliament House in Athens August 13, 2012. REUTERS PhotoThe Greek Embassy in Ankara has denied recent reports suggesting that the Greek consulate building in İzmir was now on the market due to the Aegean country’s struggling economy.
Ankara Ambassy Press official Elizabeth Mako said the building was currently being restored.
"The histroical building is of great importance to us," Mako said.
Mako further said that while the Greek state was able to sell its properties in Turkey, no such information had yet been passed on to the embassy.
Earlier reports claimed that the Greek authorities were selling a number of properties, including a consulate building in the Aegean province of İzmir, due to increasing financial woes.
Greek media reports had said the historical consulate building on İzmir's Atatürk Avenue was now on the market, alongside nearly 30 other properties worldwide.
Consulate buildings in Britain and Brussels, a previous embassy building in Berlin and properties owned by the Greek state in Paris and Greek Cyprus were reportedly some of the other items on the list.