Wave of reactions from Athens for the Erdogan fiesta in Hagia Sophia

Wave of reactions from Athens for the Erdogan fiesta in Hagia Sophia
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They did not attend in prayer o Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglou, nor the leader of the opposition Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

Extremely critical were the comments of the international media.

Today's article in the online edition of the magazine is typical "The mirror" with Title "Erdogan's annoying show". The columnist notes that the Turk President honors his reputation as an "experienced populist", who with all kinds of "magic" tries to face the fall of his popularity.

"Sad reflection of the situation of the Turkish Republic the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque", wrote the New York Times. The newspaper's editorial team talked about one monument of world importance "Full of symbolism, facts and myths, for both the East and the West ", whereas used as a political tool "In the hands of an authoritarian leader, that after 17 years in power and seeing his political prestige weakened, needs to “feed” its nationalist basis».

FOREIGN MINISTER: Turkey violates UNESCO obligations

"The alteration of the character of important cultural monuments is an indisputable blow to the cultural heritage of mankind. This alteration constitutes a breach of Turkey's obligations under his Contract 1972 of UNESCO, while casting a heavy shadow on her image ", mentions in a statement the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"The use of monuments with appropriate radiation and symbolism must be removed above and beyond any expediency and work in unity and reconciliation for the world community", is highlighted.

"The change of use of the monument, beyond its symbolism, poses significant risks to the integrity of the building, as well as mosaics and other works of art inside ", underlined in the Communication.

"We will work to keep the global community aware, as well as the conversion of the use of Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a mosque, is a matter for all of humanity ".

"At a time when convergence and unifying steps are required, movements that incite religious and cultural divisions and widen the rifts instead of bridging them, do not contribute to the understanding and rapprochement of peoples ", concludes the Foreign Minister.

Mitsotakis: Turkey tarnishes universal values

The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis commenting emphasizes that what is happening, this day, to Constantinople, it is not a manifestation of power but a proof of weakness. They certainly do not have the power to overshadow the radiance of a World Heritage Site. They stain, Nevertheless, universal values. For’ this and require universal condemnation.

"Especially for us Greek Orthodox Christians, Hagia Sophia is today more than ever in our souls.. That is where our heart beats. Turning sadness into strength, composure and unity. Because Hagia Sophia exists precisely to unite us all, calling us to look only up. And so it will stay forever ", reports.

Tsipras: No conversion into a mosque can falsify history

"No conversion Saint Sofia's in a mosque can not forge or to expire the history and its universal symbolism ", notes Alexis Tsipras in a post on Facebook.

The president of SYRIZA reminds that a year and a half ago he had the honor to tour Hagia Sophia as an active Greek Prime Minister.

"The opportunity to feel the awe and majesty of this unique monument of world heritage and a symbol of historical and spiritual significance for Christianity", notes.

The former prime minister emphasizes that "the transformation of Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque, on the day of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne, signals another a step away from Turkey's universal values which are the basis for peace and mutual respect in our region, while effectively undermining interfaith dialogue ".

And it ends:

"No conversion of Agia Sofia into a mosque, Nevertheless, it cannot falsify or obsolete its history and its universal symbolism.

Gennimata: A sad setback for world culture

"Unfortunately, today is stigmatized by the desecration of Hagia Sophia ", said in a statement its head KINAL, Fofi Gennimata.

"46 years since the restoration of the Republic. We honor those who fought against the Dictatorship. We Greeks can be proud because we landed with sacrifices and struggles, the Republic in place. Struggles that inspire us in this difficult time when our country is being tested again. From provocation of Turkey, from the pandemic and its effects, from revelations about degenerative phenomena in political life ", noted the president of the Movement for Change.

"Unfortunately, today is stigmatized by the desecration of Hagia Sophia. A sad setback for world culture, the fellowship of peoples ".

"But we have to fight hard. With courage, with section, determination and efficiency. For peace, for Democracy for creation and preemption. This is the true patriotism engraved in the DNA of our party. ", concludes Fofi Gennimata.

Σχοινάς: What is happening today is the wrong beginning

For the first Muslim prayer in Hagia Sophia, The Margaritis Schoinas stressed that “as a Greek, feel pained and angry. It's a difficult day and I'm sure it 's not just me. What is happening today in Hagia Sophia is the wrong beginning».

The Vice-President of the European Commission, pointed out that “the Turkey must, Finally, to decide what its broader geopolitical goal will be and with whom exactly it will want to go in the future ".

"If he wants to go to Europe, if it wants to continue on this path of alignment with our own principles and our own values ​​".

Anastasiadis: Tiny political games by Erdogan

"Hagia Sophia is an ecumenical monument with a huge history, whose character is now being altered by the Turkish president, in order to serve tiny political games», said the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis.

"The transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, recommends a direct insult to the world cultural heritage and in the international institutions that represent it "he wrote on social media.

"It offends the historical memory, undermines European values ​​and disrespects the religious sentiment of Christians, Orthodox and not all over the world ", added the President of the Republic of Cyprus.

Trump's dissatisfaction with the conversion into a mosque

His strong dissatisfaction with the decision of the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque, US President says Donald Trump in Archbishop of America Hopeful, with whom he met at the White House.

The President of the United States appeared intensely annoyed and expressed concern over the protection of human rights and in particular the religious freedoms of minorities in Turkey. He stated, in fact, helper and supporter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and personally of Patriarch Bartholomew, as well as Hellenism, and stressed that he would proceed immediately with the interventions required.


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