ArmInfo. Erdogan's brother can not be a representative of the Armenian community in Turkey. The former deputy of the National Assembly of Armenia, co-chairman of the National Congress of Western Armenians Aragats Akhoyan stated this at a press conference on February 21.
Akhoyan noted that the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Constantinople represents the whole Armenian community, and they can not have a person who conducts anti-Armenian policy.
Yesterday representatives of more than 15 Armenian public organizations, in Echmiadzin, held a rally at which they opposed the decision of the Turkish authorities to retain the priest of the patriarch of the diocese for Aram Ateshyan. "Intervention by the Turkish authorities in the affairs of the AAC is unacceptable, and it is unacceptable, and a hypocritical person who condemned the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Germany should not hold such an important post," the politician noted.
At the same time, Akhoyan noted that he understands that living in Turkey and presenting the Armenian community in this country, it is necessary to have good relations with the authorities, however, this does not mean that the presidency of the Constantinople diocese should conduct the anti-Armenian policy pursued by Ateshyan. "Ateshian hinders Armenians who converted to Islam to return to our faith, for 3 years already, they are not holding a liturgy in the Church of Van, explaining that he does not have money to keep the priests in Van, while Ateshian allows himself to buy expensive apartments" , - he noted.
Akhoyan also noted that the Armenian community of Turkey is now in a depressed state, the part of Armenians that could influence this situation are businessmen and do not want to spoil relations with Turkey, the other part simply does not have the necessary levers of influence.
As for the interference of Echmiadzin, Akhoyan said that all the patriarchates, in fact, are autonomous, and Echmiadzin can not interfere in the problem of internal governance. "However, somehow the bishops receive their orders in Echmiadzin, and I am sure that the representatives of the Supreme Council of the Church can apply certain sanctions." Today the council will hold a meeting in connection with the situation in the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and I am sure that it will make the right decision. , whatever the decision, we will continue to defend the right of the Armenian community of Turkey to choose its leader, "Akhoyan concluded.
Note that as a result of a protracted illness of the patriarch of the Constantinople diocese Mesrop Mutafyan, his locum tenens were appointed Aram Ateshyan. However, on June 28, 2017, Ateshian was removed from the post of viceroy of the Constantinople Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church, as his views on issues of concern to the Armenian community of Turkey, in particular, the issue of the Armenian Genocide, were at variance with the position of the community. Following the results of the new elections, Archbishop Garegin Bekchyan was elected a temporary locum tenens. However, the Turkish authorities did not recognize Bechchyan as a candidate and again returned this post to Ateshyan, while Bakchyan left Turkey.