TURKISH FM VISITS ARMENIAN PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPLE
- ISTANBUL. - Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu paid a visit to the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople and met with Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, the Deputy Patriarch of Constantinople.
Davutoglu stated that the Turkish authorities do not discriminate against Turkey's national and religious minorities, and recalled that Armenians have held—and continue to hold—important posts in Turkey, Haberler news agency of Turkey informs.
In his turn, Archbishop Ateshyan noted that although positive changes are taking place in Turkey, there are saddening facts, too. "Slogans insulting the Armenians were present at the Khojaly incidents' commemoration event, which was held on last Sunday at [downtown Istanbul's] Taksim Square. The Armenian community is very much outraged by these insults," Ateshyan said.
At the end of the meeting, Archbishop Aram Ateshyan presented to FM Ahmet Davutoglu a book devoted to the Ottoman-era Armenians.
- 1862 Ter Harootyoonian publisheds the "Yeghbayraser" periodical until 1863, in Calcutta.
- 1873 Birth of writer Teodeek (Labchinchian) in Constantinople. He barely escaped from the Der Zor desert and lived under another name till the end of the First World War. Then he returned to his birthplace. His famous books are "Monument to April 24" and "Calendar for Everyone", which he finished in Paris.
- 1878 Birth of Zaruhi Dolukhanyan (singer). She died in 1936.
- 1920 Parade of the veterans of the defenders of Hatjin, Cilicia. Four battalions resisted Turkish aggression till the middle of October. The heroic battle of Hatjin is one of the bright pages in the history of our national struggle.
- 1924 Death of Vrooyr, actor, satirist, and founding editor of the "Hoosharar" periodical.
- 1959 Birth of Vazgen Sargsian, one of the leaders of the Artsakh War. He was Prime Minister of Armenia in June, 1999 and was assassinated in the Armenian National Assembly on 1999 10 27.
- 1991 Creation of the "Gharabagh Committee" of Russian intellectuals in Moscow. The purpose was the internationalization and just resolution of the Artsakh Problem.
- 1998 The Cypriot Parliament condemns the decision to desecrate the Makar Church (in the territories occupied by Turkey) by turning it into a hotel. The Turkish forces had devastated and pillaged it during Turkey's invasion of Cyprus in 1974.