Mutafyan Disagrees With Catholicos on Genocide Recognition

ISTANBUL (Marmara)–The Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan told reporters Wednesday that he did not agree with statemen’s made by His Holiness Karekin II–the Catholicos of All Armenia’s regarding the need for the Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Mutafyan proposed that the "1915 issue" be addressed by historians and sociologists in order for the sides to "understand each other’s sensitivities."

During a pontifical visit to Istanbul–Catholicos Karekin II said the Genocide was not a debatable issue for Armenia’s and it is a fact that Turkey should recognize. The Turkish press reacted adversely to this statement–with one newspaper–the Hurriyet–characterizing the Catholicos’ visit as a protest demonstration.

Mutafyan said that the Catholicos’ statemen’s were not unexpected and since his pontifical visit was being covered by the Armenian media and would be seen by the Diaspora communities–"the Catholicos spoke taking into consideration Diasporan’sensitivities."

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