Saturday, January 15, 2011



New York—The letter writing campaign to Archbishop Demetrios of America , and Archons group in New York has gained some fantastic momentum. In the few days since the Cyprus Action Network of America CANA released its Action Alert “PROTEST AWARD TO RACIST TURK MINISTER BAGIS” human rights activists from around the world have been writing to Archbishop Demetrios of America with the universal call and condemnation of this most shameful act. Although the action was reported back in November 2010 it was not until the 23rd of December 2010 that it made an impact when National Herald reported first page the protest by Philip Christopher (president of PSEKA) and Panicos Papanicolaou (president of the Greek Cypriot Federation of America) calling upon Archbishop Demetrios and the Archons to clarify under which criteria they honoured Bagis. We at CANA continue to ask human rights activists and people of conscience to call, write, email the Archbishop Dimitrios of America and the Archons the following statement “We ask of Archbishop Dimitrios and the board of the Archons of the EP to tell us who and with what criteria came up with Awarding Minister of Turkey , Egemen Bagis”. Please take the time to personalize your letter, and as always please be polite and courteous.

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This well prepared Turkish promotion must not be allowed to be swept under the carpet as a “small silly” incident. The people expect from the Archbishop and the Archons to respond to the communityleaders’ call and clarify as requested.
This issue is soon To be covered live on the Television and Radio program Greek Voice by distinguished Greek-Cypriot researcher and journalist Fanoulla Argyrou, the Thursday show is hosted by Greek-American commentator on Hellenic National issues George Gialtourides and Greek American broadcaster and journalist Angelo Angelatos on Thursday Jan 13, 2011 at 5:15 PM , Eastern Standard Time, at WPSO The Number One Greek American television and radio network Available live online at

We publish below some select letters to Archbishop Demetrios of America

THE EUROPEAN LEAGUE OF GENEVA, a Think Tank for the promotion of the ideals of the European Union expresses its strong disappointment on the initiative of the Diocese in the US to honor by an award the Turkish Minister Bagis. Apart from his various interventions in European circles and his menaces to Sweden and the US the fascist spirit of this gentleman and of whatever he represents was bluntly expressed in a letter published in the International Herald Tribune where this representative of an asiatic State said " Europe is too important to be left to the Europeans". It is evident what will happen if the fascist state of Turkey becomes a full fledged member of the EU and of the European civilisation. We think that the Diocese is, by its action, absolutely engaged to give a detailed explanation of who initiated such decision. This has a further ethical significance when it was vaguely stated that the initiator "was a WEALTHY member" (does that mean that it is money that prevailed in this decision taken by the Diocese? If it is the case the decision becomes an ethical issue that jeopardises the standing of the Greek Church in the USA and in general).

For the European League of Geneva , The President Dr Nicolas Kaloy, Geneva , Switzerland .
Your Eminence Archbishop Dimitrios and Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,

Happy New Year to you all.

However the news that you decided to honour Turkish minister E. Bagis, for reasons nobody in his right mind and a Hellene can comprehend, other than to facilitate Turkey in its accession negotiations to profile a “civilised” image towards the EU covering-up its criminal true face of barbarism against the Greeks and the ongoing Turkish brutal invasion and occupation of part of the Republic of Cyprus, has left people all over the world totally shocked.
On 23rd December 2010 in a statement to the New York based daily “National Herald” Mr. Philip Christopher (president of PSEKA) called upon you and the Archons to come out and clarify whose idea and on whose instigation this shameful honouring took place and under what criteria. When Turkey is brutally responsible for the desecration of 550 Greek Orthodox Churches in the Turkish occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus since 1974, when our Greek Cypriot enclaved people are facing day in and day out the restriction and violation of their religious freedoms by the same power you chose to honour i.e. Turkey . When Turkey is solely responsible for turning these places of religion into disco bars, stables, toilets, and for the looting of the precious icons and selling them in the black market.
Instead of exposing Turkey for these crimes you decided in total disregard of due respect for what you represent, to honour the aggressor and the invaders in the name of E. Bagis who provocatively declares that he does not recognise the existence of the Republic of Cyprus, a member country of the EU Turkey inspires to become a member. And all of this to help Turkey to the detriment of the suffering Greeks in Cyprus .
We are all awaiting to hear you respond to Mr. Philip Christopher’s call which has become a universal call and condemnation of this most shameful act.

Yours sincerely,
Fanoulla Argyrou – Journalist, author, researcher, London .
Your Eminence Archbishop Dimitrios and Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,

Happy New Year to all!

I am distressed about the award to the Turkish Chief Negotiator, Mr. Egemen Bagis, "...commending him on his efforts on behalf of religious minorities in Turkey.", by the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Mr. Bagis' history is one of denial of the Armenian and Pontic Greek genocides, and further he doesn't recognize the Republic of Cyprus and says that the government of Cyprus "does not constitute a state", and that the Greek Cypriots "cannot constitute a state, not even a race." The Turkish government threatens other governments which acknowledge that Turkey committed genocide against the Armenians, with grave repercussions, thus holding them hostage to their demands. How can a representative of this country, well known for its human rights abuses, be awarded this recognition from the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate?

Sincerely and respectfully,
Jeanette C. Rigopoulos
La Mesa , California