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    Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services
    Address: Vagharshapat, Republic of Armenia
    Contact: Rev. Fr. Ktrij Devejian
    Tel: +374-10-517163
    Fax: +374-10-517301
    E-Mail: [email protected]
    September 30, 2009

    Supreme Spiritual Council Meeting Statement
    Regarding the Process to Normalize Armenian-Turkish Relations

    On September 30, the Supreme Spiritual Council convened a meeting in the
    Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin
    II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Following discussion
    on the process aimed at normalizing Armenian-Turkish relations and the
    associated ongoing discussions, the Supreme Spiritual Council made the
    following statement:

    The Supreme Spiritual Council welcomes the process to establish diplomatic
    ties free of preconditions between Armenia and Turkey and the process to
    normalize Armenian-Turkish relations, for the sake of regional security,
    preservation of peace and the development of regional cooperation.

    The Supreme Spiritual Council positively assesses the pan-Armenian
    discussions currently taking place surrounding this process.

    The Supreme Spiritual Council considers as natural and understandable the
    concerns of Armenians living in Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora, within
    the context of the bitter historical experience of our people with Turkey,
    Turkey's official policy of denying the Armenian Genocide, Turkey's
    intolerant position expressed toward the Republic of Armenia, as well as the
    formulations contained in the yet to be signed protocols regarding
    Armenian-Turkish relations that have caused various interpretations, and the
    unacceptable statements coming from the Turkish side associated with this
    process. In this regard, the Supreme Spiritual Council reconfirms that the
    Armenian Genocide is an indisputable fact, as is the right to independence
    for the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh and the self-determination of the
    Armenians of Artsakh. Our people and authorities shall never abdicate the
    pursuit and defense of our just national rights.

    The Supreme Spiritual Council exhorts all sons and daughters of our nation
    to show utmost vigilance and reason to avoid nation-damaging polarization,
    and united together, to face the challenges before our people.

    The Supreme Spiritual Council appeals for the assistance of our Lord Jesus
    Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit for the authorities of the
    Republic of Armenia, so that they lead the process of normalizing
    Armenian-Turkish relations to a successful conclusion, for the sake of our
    people's cherished and vital interests.

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress