LEVON SHIRINYAN: TURKEY'S DECISION ON RETURNING THE PROPERTY EXPROPRIATED FROM CHRISTIANS IS AN ATTEMPT OF DISTRACTING THE SOLUTION TO ARMENIAN ISSUE

ARMENPRESS
15:24, 30 August, 2011
YEREVAN

The decision adopted by the Turkish government on returning the
property expropriated from Christian and Jewish holy sites is an
attempt of distracting the solution to the Armenian issue, political
specialist Levon Shirinyan told today a press conference, adding that
one should not get encouraged by this step of Turkey.

"We should not give way to illusions: Turkey goes on with the
principle of Khemalism - no concession to Armenia. Turkey goes to
such a step for deserving international sympathy and coming forth
as a civilized country," the political specialist said. According
to him, this is conditioned by the circumstance that the 306
resolution has began circulating in the US Congress, which intends
to call on Turkey to return the churches expropriated from Christian
minorities. Levon Shirinyan is of the opinion that this noise will
undergo a development. Turkey will try to make the best use of this
step, which does not have any value. "We should undertake serious
steps activating the activity of Armenian lobby organizations,"
the political specialist said.

According to Turkologist Anush Hovhannisyan, such step of Turkey is
a successful PR, peculiar to the person of the Turkish Prime Minister.

She said that it is also an attempt to cut the Istanbul-Armenian
community from the Armenian Diaspora by winning their sympathy.

"Turkey makes a very small step, which cannot be defined unequivocally
negative, but taking into account the enormous loss caused to
Armenians, this is a very trivial step," Mrs. Hovhannisyan noted.

On August 28, the Turkish government adopted a decision on returning
the property expropriated from Christian and Jewish holy sites in
1936. The latter include former hospitals, orphanages, schools and
graveyards.




From: A. Papazian