YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, General Vicar of the Armenian Patriarch of Turkey Aram Atesyan will be welcomed by protests at Zvartnots airport.
The move comes after the Archbishop’s highly controversial message to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the German Bundestag’s vote on the Armenian Genocide.
“At a time, when Bundestag MPs of Turkish descent urge to ban Erdogan from Germany, we, as descent children of the Armenian nation, which respects the memory of the 1.5 million canonized victims of the Armenian Genocide, won’t allow Atesyan to enter Armenia,” reads a statement of a Facebook initiative, which calls itself “We won’t allow Aram Atesyan to enter Armenia.”
Historian Gevorg Yazichyan believes that the Armenian Foreign Ministry should have declared about the inexpediency of Atesyan’s visit. He’s disappointed by attempts of some clergymen to justify the Archbishop’s behavior.
Member of Parliament, Zaruhi Postanjyan, said that Aram Atesyan’s statement is “anti-human, not anti-Armenian.”
To many Armenians across the globe, it is unacceptable that Aram Atesyan remains a member of the Supreme Religious Council of the Armenian Apostolic Church and will visit Armenia to participate in the meeting of the Council. According to Yazichyan, the assertions that the Armenian Church has no right to defrock Archbishop Atesyan are groundless.