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Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/TURKEY – Patriarch Sahak II denies criticism of the Armenian diaspora attributed to him by Turkish media

Istanbul – Sahak II Masalyan, the new Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople elected on December 11, wanted to at least partially deny the critical statements towards the Armenian diaspora communities scattered all over the world that had been attributed to him by some Turkish media, in the weeks following his patriarchal election. A note from the patriarchal secretariat calls in particular the Turkish Akşam daily, and the article in that newspaper published on January 2 which reported some harsh judgments with which the new Patriarch criticized the whole Armenian diaspora in a comprehensive way, stating that the Armenian communities in diaspora have “nothing in common with the Armenians who remained in Turkey” . The Patriarchal segretariat – reports Agos, Armenian-Turkish bilingual newspaper published in Istanbul – claims that the Patriarch’s statements have been reported in an inaccurate and misleading way, forcing their contents and distorting nuanced and articulated considerations with additions of interpolations to be attributed only to the editor of the Article.

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