Aug 31 2010
The Governor of the Turkish Province of Van Munir Karaoglu himself
tested the system of providing Akhtamar Island with solar energy and
made a statement on the matter.
The Governor stressed after a century, a liturgy service will be held
in Surb Khach Church on September 19, Turkish Haberturk reports.
According to him, the people in Van took all the measures to host the
Armenians worthily. Karaoglu said Turks have lived with their Armenian
neighbors brotherly throughout the history and wish to honor them now.
He emphasized the liturgy will be an important step to the freedom
of religion and conscience, adding they are all happily waiting for
the Armenians' arrival in Van.
As NEWS.am reported previously, the Van Governor personally made
efforts to get permission for Surb Khach to conduct a liturgy once a
year. In respond, Turkish Minister of Culture had said the Surb Khach
church was not in the list of Turkish institutions, being allowed
to hold religious ceremonies. In respond, the Van Governor said his
words are old and the church will be open for religious ceremonies
till September 2010. Later, the Surb Khach Church was officially
authorized to conduct liturgy once a year.
Begs the question what happened to the 2000 churches in Western Armenia and the "brotherly" Armenian population of Van, Karin, Kars, etc...? I should ask the State Department maybe, they know everything:)))
Edited by gamavor, 02 September 2010 - 03:46 PM.