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تعليق: على أذربيجان، التي تتمسك بمبدأ وحدة وسلامة الأراضي من دون احترام مبدأ تقرير المصير الذي لا يخالف القانون الدولي، أن تستخلص العبر من قرار المحكمة الدولية هذا، في ما يتعلق بحق تقرير المصير لشعب جمهورية ارتساخ-ناغورني كاراباخ الذي أعلن استقلاله عام 1991، على وفق الدستور السوفييتي النافذ آنذاك. وقد صد الأرمن في الإقليم هجوم الجيش الأذربيجاني لمواصلة سياسة الإبادة المنتهجة ضدهم، لا سيما في العام 1988. لقد كان الإقليم جزأ لا يتجزأ من أرمينيا خلال التاريخ، كما أن جمهورية أذربيجان الحالية تعلن أنها تكمل جمهورية أذربيجان التي أعلنت في العام 1918 والتي كانت لا تضم الإقليم الأرمني. وقد منح الإقليم إلى أذربيجان، بقرار غير شرعي، في العام 1923. وتحتل أذربيجان أراضي جمهورية ارتساخ-ناغورني كاراباخ في منطقتي مارتاكيرت وشاهوميان، إلى جانب إقليم تاخيتشيفان الأرمني الذي منحته السلطات السوفييتية إلى أذربيجان إرضاء لتركيا الكمالية.
- The Azerbaijan's Embassy in
Syriasent the request of "clarification" to the Iraqi Embassy in . However, the Azeri media put the name of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Syria in the title and the name of Syrian representation of the EU Commission for Refugees in the news story to impress the reader falsely! Damascus
- It is strange that Azerbaijan only now remembers the Iraqi Armenian refugees while they might settle in Artsakh-NK Republic's liberated lands during the increase of their immigration to Syria in the last seven years (after the US-UK occupation of Iraq in 2003),
- It is fact that 800-1000 Iraqi Armenians had settled in
in the last seven years, Armenia
- Iraqi citizens are free to choose the places of their settlement. It is not the duty of the Iraqi Embassies to follow and tell the embassies of other countries about those places, especially in countries, like
, where there are no Iraqi Embassies, Armenia
- It is
Azerbaijanthat launched the war against to continue the genocidal policy it started against the Armenians especially in 1988. Armenians of Artsakh declared their independence according to the constitution of the former Soviet Union in 1991 and defended their land against the Artsakh-NK Republic 's aggression. Historically, Artsakh was an inseparable part of Azerbaijan Armenia, and the current declares it continues the first Republic in 1918 which did not include Artsakh. Artsakh was illegally given to Azerbaijan Republic in 1923. It is Azerbaijan Azerbaijanthat occupies lands from Artsakh-NK Republicin Martakert and Shahumian regions, beside the Nakhichevan Armenian region, which was also given to Azerbaijanby the Soviet regime to satisfy . Turkey
Thursday, July 22, 2010
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
Although the Treaty of Lausanne is supposed to protect the rights of non-Muslim minorities in Turkey – Armenians, Greeks, and Jews – these rights are routinely violated by the Turkish government.
, fearing the government’s wrath, rarely dare to object to the repeated violations of their civil rights. Worse still, Istanbul Armenians sometimes invite Turkish officials to intervene in their community’s affairs in order to settle their internal and personal disputes.
The latest example of such blatant interference was the selection of Archbishop AramAteshyan, as Deputy Patriarch, after doctors had diagnosed the current Patriarch of Turkey, Mesrob Mutafian, as suffering from incurable dementia.
Six months ago, after a two-year delay during which the Patriarchal seat was practically vacant due to Patriarch Mesrob’s incapacity, the Patriarchate’s Religious Council wrote to the Turkish government seeking permission to elect a coadjutor (co-Patriarch). The Council then set up an in order to organize such an election once Ankara gave its permission.
To complicate matters, the Election Committee, exceeding its authority, sent its own letter to Turkish officials, asking for permission to elect a new Patriarch rather than a co-Patriarch.
Both initiatives made the serious error of inviting the interference of the Turkish government into the Armenian community’s internal religious affairs. Furthermore, both requests contradicted the Patriarchate’s almost 600-year tradition and practice of not having a co-Patriarch, unlike the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the Catholicosate of , and the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The request to elect a new Patriarch was also improper, since a new Patriarch can not be elected, while the existing Patriarch is still alive, as Patriarchs are elected for life.
Taking advantage of the dissension within the Armenian community, the Turkish government finally responded on June 29, allowing the election of a Deputy Patriarch, but not a co-Patriarch or a new Patriarch. By so doing, Turkish officials violated the Armenian community’s religious rights, ironically, at the community’s own request!
In authorizing a Deputy Patriarch to represent the Patriarchate, the Turkish government has in effect weakened the status of that historic institution. Since Patriarch Mesrob is mentally but not physically incapacitated, he may live for many years, while the Patriarchate is led by a mere Deputy Patriarch. Such an eventuality would serve Turkey’s interests which has always sought to assimilate the Armenians by bureaucratic obstructions, and depriving it of a freely elected and capable religious leader.
Within 48 hours of the government’s edict, Archbishop Ateshyan, who de facto ran the Patriarchate as Chairman of the 26-member Religious Council, convened a meeting which unanimously elected him Deputy Patriarch. No other clergymen were given a chance to submit their candidacies for that post.
While Armenians worldwide remained silent, with the exception of Primate of Germany, Archbishop Karekin Bekciyan, a few courageous Armenians in Istanbul dared to raise their voices in protest. The Election Committee, which the Turkish government disbanded, filed a lawsuit against Ankara’s decision, demanding the election of a new Patriarch, not just a Deputy.
Where do we go from here? Armenian religious and lay leaders outside Turkey should protest the undue interference of the Turkish authorities in the internal affairs of the Armenian Church in violation of the Lausanne Treaty.
More importantly, Armenians in Turkey should come together and declare that the office of the Deputy Patriarch is a temporary arrangement, not a long-term solution. Without asking for Ankara’s permission, the Armenian community should organize a new election to elect a co-Patriarch, who would then become Patriarch after the demise of the presently incapacitated Patriarch Mutafian.
Whether the Armenian community decides to elect a new Patriarch or a co-Patriarch is its own business, and not that of Turkish officials. It is important that the Istanbul Armenian community coalesces around a common position and avoids further dissension. If the local Armenian community becomes united and enjoys the backing of Armenians and others around the world, the Turkish government, which prides itself as a secular and democratic regime, would be more reluctant to politically interfere in the Armenian minority’s religious affairs.
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- There was no need to downplay the visit by characterizing it as "private," since such visits are standard procedure for foreign dignitaries visiting Armenia.
- Paying a visit to the Genocide Monument does not necessarily imply recognition of the Armenian Genocide, as all previous and current U.S. Ambassadors have visited this site every April 24.
- Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Genocide Monument could not have been described as "private," since it was a part of her "official" visit to Armenia.
- The characterization of the visit as "private" was contradicted by the fact that the ribbons on the wreath she laid at the Genocide Monument carried the inscription: "From ."
- Clinton’s visit the day before to the "Alley of the Martyrs" in Baku was not described as "private," creating the disturbing impression that U.S. interests in ’s oil weigh heavier than its humanitarian concerns for victims of genocide.
- Another was Clinton not allowing any Armenian government officials to accompany her to the Genocide Monument in Yerevan, while she was accompanied to the "Alley of Martyrs" in Baku by a Deputy Minister of Azerbaijan!
- Clinton permitted neither the international press traveling with her nor the local Armenian media, except Armenian Public TV, to report on her visit to the Genocide Monument. Her action undermines her advocacy for media freedom.
- There was no reason for Secretary Clinton to be coy about Genocide recognition, since Pres. Reagan had acknowledged it in 1981, and the U.S. House of Representatives had recognized it in 1975 and 1984.
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