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“If the border was open, all Armenians from Armenia would be there,” said Kaan Soyak

More Armenians would be in Akdamar if border was open
Observers agree that more Armenians would have been in the eastern city of Van in Turkey to attend the historic Sept. 19 service at the Armenian Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross on the island of Akdamar (Aghtamar), if the cross controversy had been resolved earlier and the border between the neighboring countries was open.
“If the border was open, all Armenians from Armenia would be there,” said Kaan Soyak, co-founder and co-chairman of the Turkish-Armenian Business Development Council (TABDC). Regarding the cross controversy, Soyak said that Armenians in Armenia had difficulties understanding why the cross was not properly fixed on top of the church’s steeple in time for the service, while mentioning that Turkey and Armenia still have no diplomatic relations despite US-brokered peace accords signed last year.

23.09.2010

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