ANKARA – Anatolia News Agency
The head of Turkeyâ€™s Religious Affairs Directorate, Mehmet GÃ¶rmez, met with the acting patriarch of Turkish Armenian community yesterday.
GÃ¶rmez said he was honored to welcome Archbishop Aram AteÅŸyan as a guest of the directorate. It is not right to classify people as either minorities or majorities, he said. â€œWe are the children of a common civilization, history and culture. Identities cannot be defined with numbers.â€
AteÅŸyan said the word â€œminorityâ€ should be put to one side and added that Turkish and Armenian people had lived together in shared territories for centuries as members of two different religions and communities.
â€œEven though some circles have caused disturbance in this country, it is time that we left that aside and returned to the good old days,â€ he said. â€œThere are no Armenian, Greek Orthodox or Syriac people, only children of the same soil,â€ AteÅŸyan said in reference to who is a â€œminorityâ€ in Turkey