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General News: Ecumenical Patriarch attends inauguration of population exchange museum

Δημοσίευση 22 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:53 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
General News: Ecumenical Patriarch attends inauguration of population exchange museum
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attended the inauguration of the population exchange museum opened in Istanbul’s Catalca municipality by the Foundation of Lausanne Treaty Emigrants, the local municipality and the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Organization.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attended the inauguration of the population exchange museum opened in Istanbul’s Catalca municipality by the Foundation of Lausanne Treaty Emigrants, the local municipality and the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Organization.

It was opened on Monday, 87 years after the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in Jan. 30, 1923 for the population exchange between Greece and Turkey)

“We have shared the same pains,” the Ecumenical Patriarch stated characteristically, stressing that “now the time has come for peace and calm between the two peoples.”

On display in the museum are historical documents and objects that belonged to Turks who had to leave northern Greece. Memorabilia that belonged to Greeks who left their homes in Turkey will be added to the museum in Jan. 2011.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by two descendents of Greek refugees from Asia Minor, who came especially for the occasion from the city of Ptolemaida, northwest Greece, and a UN High Commissioner for Refugees representative.