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05 03 2007 - Turkish PM Not to Oversee Armenian Holy Cross Church Reopening
La riapertura della Chiesa Surp Khach dell'isola di Akhtamar anticipata al 29 Marzo. Secondo il quotidiano turco, Zaman, il premier Erdogan non sara presente, come precedentemente annunciato, a causa delle pressioni della Diaspora armena sul Congresso americano per il riconoscimento del genocidio............... della Comunita Armena di Roma e del Lazio
Turkish PM Not to Oversee Armenian Holy Cross Church Reopening
Ankara, Mar. 5, 2007 /Armenpress/ The Turkish daily Zaman said sources in the Turkish government denied Friday a report by a Turkish daily Hurriyet that prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would travel to Eastern Anatolia later this month to personally oversee the reopening of a reconstructed Armenian Holy Cross Church on an island on lake Van.
A report in Hurriyet claimed that Erdogan's decision was a surprise response to Armenian Diaspora efforts to get the Armenian genocide bill accepted in the US Congress. It also said the church, which has been carefully restored by ministry of culture and tourism, would be re-opened on March 29, a date which some speculate has been chosen to proceed the month April, in which the Armenian bill is expected to be debated at the US Congress. Earlier reports said the reopening was set for April 15.
The church, which sits on the Akhtamar Island on Van Lake, was originally built by Vaspurakan King Gagik I between the years of 915-921 AD.

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Service Honoring Life and Work of Hrant Dink Chanted In New York
Mar. 5, 2007 /PanARMENIAN.Net/ The Armenian-American community joined together at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2007, in New York City's St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral for a memorial and requiem service honoring the life and work of Hrant Dink, the courageous Armenian-Turkish journalist assassinated outside the office of his newspaper, Agos, in Istanbul on Friday, January 19, 2007. The service was organized by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, the Armenian Catholic Eparchy of America and the Armenian Missionary Association. The service will also include remarks by three special guest speakers: Peter Steinfels of the New York Times, Jeremy Main of the Overseas Press Club, and Anna Kushner of the PEN American Center who will speak to the courage of their fellow journalist and the need to protect journalist as they exercise free speech rights.
"Hrant Dink never believed that it was disloyal to speak the truth. Indeed, he believed that it was his, and every Turkish citizen's duty to seek out and speak the truth. So, with a clear conscience, a good heart and a talent for writing, Hrant and his colleagues founded Agos, a bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper dedicated to responsible journalism and advocacy for peaceful change and dialogue," said Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate (or head bishop) of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), who traveled to Istanbul to attend Dink's funeral last month, reports the AAC Eastern Diocese communication unit.

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