The St. Minas Church, built by the Armenians of Karin in Western Armenia in 1790, was at the center of  “Gezqyoy” urban transformation program. The owner of the half-destroyed church, who lives in Germany, did not allow the church to be restored or moved to another place.

Despite the fact that the church does not interfere with the program of urban transformation, it attracts attention with its ruined appearance. On the other hand, the church, which was not touched at the request of the owner, became a place of frequent visits by treasure seekers and drug addicts.  Now great efforts are being made to ensure that the treasury no longer causes damage to the church.

Making a statement on this topic, the mayor noted that they continue to negotiate with the owner of the church, but have not yet come to an agreement. “The church has not been damaged and will not be damaged. But it’s inappropriate to stay  in a condition like this. I hope we will come to an agreement and restore it” he said.

The Government of Western Armenia recalls that the privatization of the cult, holy places and cemeteries is a consequence of the occupation of the territory of Western Armenia by the Turkish authorities.

Theft and vandalism in prayer places, shrines and cemeteries in Western Armenia became a manifestation of the Government of Western Armenia by the European Court of Human Rights in 2005, after the destruction of the Nakhichevan cemetery in Juga , several issues were raised.

The Government of Western Armenia is the only state structure in the entire Armenian world that, on April 24, 2011, addressed the Turkish president in writing with a request to recognize the Genocide of Armenian people and filed a lawsuit against Turkey and Azerbaijan for the above facts.