ArmInfo.In its final hours, the Trump administration signed a disastrous US-Turkey bilateral memorandum of understanding giving Turkey legal rights to the vast religious and cultural heritage of the region's indigenous peoples and other minorities, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) said.
The agreement, the report notes, was signed in response to a request from the Turkish government more than a year ago - a move strongly opposed by the ANCA, the Greek American Leadership Council and In Defense of Christians (IDC), as well as numerous cultural and human rights groups. including the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), the Committee for Cultural Policy (CCP), the Global Heritage Alliance (GHA) and the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN). "The Trump administration in its final hours gave Turkey legal rights to claim the vast religious and cultural heritage of the region's indigenous peoples and national minorities, including Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Syrians, Kurds, Jews and others," said ANCA executive director Aram Amparyan. According to him, this reckless and irresponsible step was taken in response to the protests of ANCA and other national structures, knowing full well that Turkey has openly and without a twinge of conscience systematically pursued a policy of destruction of monuments of national minorities over the past two centuries, desecrating their holy places and erasing them. from the face of the earth.
Andy Zemenides, Executive Director of the Greek American Leadership Council, noted that the current Department of State ignored both the divergence of strategic interests and, most importantly, democratic values, and signed a cultural agreement with Turkey that demonstrated intent to destroy its Christian minorities and their heritage. is a parody. "Those who participated in the signing of this agreement have the potential to be complicit in Turkey's ongoing oppression of Christians. We will work with the new Secretary of State and the administration to ensure that this agreement is indeed implemented in a way that effectively protects Turkey's Christian heritage." - said Zemenides. IDC President Tufik Baaklini noted that the signed memorandum is a shameful sign of American approval for the destruction of Christian cultural heritage in Turkey. "We will work with the coming Biden administration to ensure that US policy towards Turkey is much stronger in the future," he said.