The Republic of Western Armenia condemns the shameful initiative of a cook named Yusuf Jan Guchtekin of lighting a fire and making a barbecue at the historic Armenian Astvatsatsin Church (Germush) in Urfa, Western Armenia. Guchtekin comments that his aim was drawing attention to the deplorable state of the church meanwhile it was nothing more than an insult to the church and to Christian faith. It should be noted that every effort should be made to protect the historic Astvatsatsin Church, to renovate and reopen it as a Christian place of pilgrimage.

Let us remind you that the church is regularly subjected to the destruction by thieves and is in a worse condition day by day. The other spiritual structure next to it has completely disappeared.