09, 2009

President Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Garegin II

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Today, President Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Garegin II.

The President of Armenia and Garegin II discussed issues pertinent to state-church relations as well as the current development in the Armenia-Turkey normalization process.

President Sargsyan said that the process has entered a very important stage of public and political discussions. He also said that the unfolding discussions were very important since regardless of whether the protocols would be signed or not, ratified or not, they were an opportune occasion to speak about our relations and problems. “They certainly contain some emotional aspects and elements but it couldn’t have been any other way since a huge segment of our nation are the people who are the descendants of those who had perished in the Genocide. Besides, on the other side of the border there are places which are sacred for us – our churches, our capital city, and for many even the remnants of ancestral homes. I understand that completely because on many instances I wrestle inwardly my own dreams. However, I am confident, that these discussions are essential,” the President of Armenia said.

Serzh Sargsyan informed the Catholicos that on October 1 he would be leaving on a weeklong trip to visit the Armenian communities in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Beirut and Rostov on Don to listen to the views and comments of these and nearby Armenian communities on the process of normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations.

Garegin II hailed President’s initiative to conduct a pan-Armenian trip. “Spuyrk is an indivisible and significant part of our nation and it is only right that our brothers and sisters, who are conducting today heated discussions regarding the pre-signed Armenian-Turkish documents, provided with an opportunity to hear from you personally all the answers to their questions. In turn, you will learn about their thoughts, viewpoints, and concerns,” Garegin II said.

The Catholicos of All Armenian informed that at its forthcoming sitting the Spiritual Council would discuss the process of the Armenian-Turkish normalization, the pre-signed documents and would make a relevant statement.

“Mr. President, I wish you success. God’s help and blessings in you important mission,” the Catholicos of All Armenian said.

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