Archbishop Aram Atesyan to be Met With Protests in Armenia

Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, General Vicar of the Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, will be met with protests in Armenia following his statement contending German Bundestag's vote recognizing the Armenian Genocide (Source: ArmRadio)
Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, General Vicar of the Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, will be met with protests in Armenia following his statement contending German Bundestag's vote recognizing the Armenian Genocide (Source: ArmRadio)

Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, General Vicar of the Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, will be met with protests in Armenia following his statement contending German Bundestag’s vote recognizing the Armenian Genocide. (Source: ArmRadio)

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, General Vicar of the Armenian Patriarch of Turkey Aram Atesyan will be welcomed by protests at Zvartnots airport.

The move comes after the Archbishop’s highly controversial message to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the German Bundestag’s vote on the Armenian Genocide.

“At a time, when Bundestag MPs of Turkish descent urge to ban Erdogan from Germany, we, as descent children of the Armenian nation, which respects the memory of the 1.5 million canonized victims of the Armenian Genocide, won’t allow Atesyan to enter Armenia,” reads a statement of a Facebook initiative, which calls itself “We won’t allow Aram Atesyan to enter Armenia.

Historian Gevorg Yazichyan believes that the Armenian Foreign Ministry should have declared about the inexpediency of Atesyan’s visit. He’s disappointed by attempts of some clergymen to justify the Archbishop’s behavior.

Member of Parliament, Zaruhi Postanjyan, said that Aram Atesyan’s statement is “anti-human, not anti-Armenian.”

To many Armenians across the globe, it is unacceptable that Aram Atesyan remains a member of the Supreme Religious Council of the Armenian Apostolic Church and will visit Armenia to participate in the meeting of the Council. According to Yazichyan, the assertions that the Armenian Church has no right to defrock Archbishop Atesyan are groundless.

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  1. Avedis Ohannessian said:

    I am shocked that this idiot made it alive in Yerevan. A lowlife like him has no place in the community let alone to be in a position in our church. I will NOT donate a penny until this “Priest” is prosecuted and thrown out. Enough is enough stealing people’s hard earned money and then making insulting remarks.

  2. Hamik C Gregory said:

    His responsibility is to protect the Armenian community in Turkey! He is not obliged to please Armenians in Armenia or diaspora! His best interests are not to endanger Armenian lives in Ankara or Istanbul!

  3. GB said:

    Asylum in Armenia is the best choice, for this coward fake clergy, in order to force Turkic herds leader Rajab Oghloo, accept the reality of Armenian Genocide!

  4. Patriot said:

    Arhbishop Atesyan: There nothing “Armenian” about him. If our clergy do not defend the 1915-23 Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, than, at a minimum they must keep their “mouth and ink” shut.
    My father, had his parents, wife and 3 year old son massacred in Marash in 1916. Ironically, he was sent to Palestine 1916-18 to fight the British as a Turkish solder, while 45 people of his extended family was being viciously massacred in Marash. Need I say more?
    Hokeshnorh Archbishop could it be that you are Blind, Deaf or Mentally disturbed?
    Please show remorse and openly apologize to the Armenian people that survived the Turkish massacre of the 1.5 Million innocent Armenians in their ancestral lands in Turkey. I believe your Armenian people will forgive you and so will GOD.

  5. vartan said:

    who ever sides with Erdegon is enemy of entire Armenian nation. and needs to be punished .

  6. Sahgik Hovsepian said:

    Armenian People Must regekt Aram Aseshyan as Patriak, he Must give up in His position and must neu Position as Islam Reliogen (Mulla) is Beste Mulla in the World. He Must be sham what he has Said

  7. Sahak said:

    Հայ ժողովրդի դաւաչանները իրաւունք չունեն Հայրենիք մտնել.

  8. John Goncuian said:

    This man is a coward. He cares his personal political interest and nothing else he must NOT be welcomed in Armenia. He must resign from his post immediately despite his excuses of threats and the pressures he received from the ISIS supporting ERDOGAN goverrment.

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