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After 95 years, Mass is celebrated in the Holy Cross Armenian Church, in Lake Van
Archbishop Aram Atesyan has described the event as “a miracle”. The church is located in lands where the Armenian genocide took place. In the past, its icons were used for target practice and darkened by the smoke of barbecues. The building is still missing its iron cross from the top of its dome. Diaspora Armenians complain about it; Armenians living in Turkey are happy and joyful for the event.
07/10/2013 TURKEY - ARMENIA
Armenian Church to canonize martyrs of genocide. Ankara unhappy
The ceremony should take place in 2015 , the centenary of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians. Armenian bishops from around the world at the synod which decided the canonization. The tensions between Armenia and Turkey take on "religious" character.
01/09/2009 TURKEY - ARMENIA
Agreement between Turkey and Armenia to open diplomatic relations
The protocols for diplomatic and bilateral relations will be ready within 6 weeks. "Historical dimension" of mutual disagreement also on the agenda , including the issue of the Armenian genocide, which it is forbidden to speak in Turkey.
20/03/2017 14:27:00 TURKEY – ARMENIA
Istanbul governor’s interference in the election of the new Armenian Patriarch
The city's governor says that is "legally impossible" to elect the new patriarch because it might “cause disturbance and divisions”. His statement is produced after the ‘regent’ is chosen. The latter is tasked with leading the Church until the election of the next patriarch. The government is putting pressure in favour of Erdogan’s “friendly” bishop.
08/06/2016 18:09:00 TURKEY – ARMENIA
As Turkey’s Armenians live in fear after Germany’s genocide resolution, Armenian prelate expresses "solidarity" towards Erdogan
Turkish-Armenians and Armenian immigrants in Turkey fear retaliation and violence after the German parliament's decision to recognise the Armenian genocide. In a letter to Erdogan, Armenian archbishop Aram Atesyan says his people’s tragedy is being exploited. Although meant to protect his community from attacks, his statement is seen by many as a lack of courage.
10/10/2009 TURKEY - ARMENIA
First signature on relations between Turkey and Armenia after more than a century of hostility
The process facilitated by the political and economic transformation in the Caucasus. Hillary Clinton, Sergei Lavrov, Javier Solana participate in the ceremony in Zurich. Tensions persist among Armenians of the Diaspora, who remember the genocide. Support from Armenians in Turkey. Armenian President will attend the Turkish-Armenian match in Bursa for the Football World Cup 2010.
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