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 Monday, December 16 2019 13:50
Alexandr Avanesov

Newly elected Patriarch of Constantinople Diocese of AAC criticized  US Senate resolution on recognition of Armenian Genocide

Newly elected Patriarch of Constantinople Diocese of AAC criticized  US Senate resolution on recognition of Armenian Genocide

ArmInfo. The newly elected Patriarch of the Diocese of Constantinople of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Bishop Sahak Mashalyan criticized the resolution of the US Senate on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. In an interview  with the Turkish Sabah newspaper, he called the resolution "an  immoral step."

According to him, this kind of thing should not be taken seriously.  "As Armenians, we are saddened by the fact that the suffering that  occurred on these lands 100 years ago is used by parliaments of  foreign countries as an instrument of strategic, economic and  political pressure. We consider this unacceptable, "the patriarch  said.

He expressed hope that the Turkish people will be able to solve the  problem on their own, and Turkey and Armenia will be able to improve  relations. "When both parties cannot agree, the third or fourth  parties, those who are abroad, have no right to speak on their  behalf," Sahak Mashalyan said. "We must resolve all these issues. But  since the decision is being delayed, it is used as a lever to exert  pressure on Turkey. I consider it very immoral to use the Armenian  issue as a political tool against Turkey. I am not a politician, this  is the task of politicians to comment," bishop said.

To recall, the US Senate unanimously approved a resolution on  recognition of the Armenian Genocide on December 12, which emphasizes  that US policy is to recognize the killing of 1.5 million Armenians  in the Ottoman Empire as genocide. In October this year, the lower  house of Congress - the House of Representatives, overwhelmingly  recognized the Armenian Genocide. 405 congressmen voted for the  resolution, 11-against. 

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