Krakow Armenian Officials Tell Turkey to Keep Distance on Monument Issue

YEREVAN (Arminfo)–A Monument to the Victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 has been erected in Krakow–Poland–and will officially be unveiled on April 17.

There has been some degree of controversy surrounding the monument–with the Turkish embassy in Poland repeatedly coming out against the use of the word "Genocide" on the Monument.

Not surprised by the move–Armenia’s ambassador to Poland Ashot Hovakimyan–said the time will surely come for Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide–and suggested that a monument dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide be erected in Istanbul.

Hovakimyan thanked Krakow authorities for their ability to brave the onslaught of protests by Turkish diplomats–and expressed confidence that the incident would not bring about a cooling off of Turkish-Polish relations. "The more Poland knows about Turkey–the better," Hovakimyan added.

The Archimandrite of the Krakow Monastery Tadeush Isakakyan-Zaleski–in an open letter to the Turkish Ambassador–stated that any self-respecting historian could not but confirm the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide–and that disputes around the word "Genocide" are senseless. He also asked the Ambassador to stay out of the issue.

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