18th Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in Paris Condemns the Genocide against the Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians1. July 2011 - 11:19
The 18th Annual Inter-Parliamentary Assembly was held in Paris on June 21-24. 28 countries participated in this year's work of the Assembly.
On June 29 the press conference was held by Mr. Mkrtich Minasyan, Head of the RA NA delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, and Mrs. Ruzanna Arakelyan, member of the delegation who spoke of the work and the outcome of the 18th Assembly.
In Paris on June 21, 2011 the 18th Interplanetary Orthodox Assembly was opened. This year's session was devoted to religious values in the time of the world economic crisis.
In the work of the General Assembly participate parliamentary delegations from the member countries of this organization (Serbia, Russia, Bulgaria, Cypruss, Romania, Ukrain, Belarus, Moldavia, Georgia, Montenegro, Armenia, Albania, Kazakhstan, Litvania, Letonia, Poland, Slovakia, Finnland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Australia, the United States of America and several countries of Asia and Africa).
Serbia prevented, after the diplomatic war in the UNESCO Committee for the Protection of World Cultural Heritage an attempt to rename the monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) in Kosovo and Metohija from the Serbian heritage as "Kosovo's heritage", Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Vuk Jeremic said today in Becici.
"The sanctities of the SOC are not and cannot be the cultural monuments of Kosovo" Jeremic stressed.
On 25 June 2011, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Bryansk and proceeded to the juncture of borders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine to take part in the opening ceremony of the “Slavonic Unity-2011” International Festival.
The Russian Orthodox Church urged well-developed countries to set up an effective system of protecting Christians, in particular using financial factors.
"The European Parliament in its Resolution of January 20 mentions the necessity to set up a specific mechanism of influencing the countries where Christians are persecuted. I think this mechanism can be reduced to a brief formula: economic and other aid should be granted in return for guaranteed security for religious minorities," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion said at a Friday briefing in Moscow.
A funeral service was held Monday for 107-year-old Vasiliki Lambidou in the village of Marasia, located in the country's remote northeast. She died on Sunday.