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Catholicosate of Cilicia
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Armenian version: http://www.cathcil.org/v04/doc/Armenian.htm


HIS HOLINESS ARAM I MEETS WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GREEK
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

His Holiness Aram I received the central committee of the Greek
Catholic community's league in Bikfaya on September 5. They
consulted the Catholicos on the problems in Lebanon and the region in
general. They expressed their support for the Armenian opposition to
the participation of Turkey in the peacekeeping forces to be deployed
in South Lebanon.

"We completely support the position of the Armenian Community. Let's
not forget that it was the same Turks who massacred Christian and
Muslim Lebanese," said the chairman of the league.

His Holiness Aram I praised the brave stand of the Greek Catholic
community.

"The Armenians of Lebanon as a whole clearly and publicly expressed
their opinion and concerns regarding the participation of Turkey in
the peacekeeping forces in South Lebanon. As a spiritual leader, I
also expressed our viewpoints to the General Secretary of the United
Nations, the President of the Republic of Lebanon, its Prime Minister
and government. Our position was based on clear facts. In fact, how
can a country contribute to a peacekeeping mission when its past and
present are full of massacres, occupations, human rights violations
and trends that do not suit such mission," said Aram I.

His Holiness and the delegation also discussed the possibilities
of strengthening the dialogue between the Christian and Muslim
communities.

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The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates
of the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the
Ecumenical activities of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer
to the web page of the Catholicosate, http://www.cathcil.org/ The
Cilician Catholicosate, the administrative center of the church is
located in Antelias, Lebanon.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress