Yerevan State University Ijevan Branch

Aram Khachatryan – The problem of armenian patriarchate of Kilikia in 1894-1902

Aram Khachatryan – The problem of armenian patriarchate of Kilikia in 1894-1902. – During Hamidian government the Osmanian leaders realized the policy of gra­dual­ly demolishing the Cilician partriarchate, which became especially obvious during 1890s. From 1895 – 1902 the patriarchate didn’t have a legally elected primate. The main reason were the obstacles created by the Turkish government. People, deeply in­te­res­ted and troubled about this problem, were the bishop Ormanyan and the patriarch of all Armenians Mkrtich Khrimyan. They had discussed the question secretly by letter-wri­ting and finally solved the problem. Today little information is known about that let­ter-writing and having studied it, we come to the conclusion that the main opposite po­wer against the elections of the patriarch were Osmanian rulers.

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