In Greece propose to do in the house of Ataturk in Thessaloniki Museum of genocide
The situation around the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is a matter of bilateral relations of Greece and Turkey, and Athens should give a harsh response that will realize in Ankara, said the representative for the print party of the parliamentary party of the "Greek solution" Thanassis Mylonas.
According to him, the position of the party is to turn the house-Museum of the founder of the Turkish state Kemal Ataturk in Thessaloniki, in the Museum of the genocide of the Pontic Greeks.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that waiting for the decision of the state Council on the possibility of changing the status of Hagia Sophia and its transformation from a Museum into a mosque will do depending on him. The Supreme administrative court of Turkey - the state Council - 2 July, considered the question of changing the status of Hagia Sophia. The state Council believes that to change the status of the Cathedral is the presidential decree. It is expected that the Council's decision will be published within 15 days.
"We believe that there should be a strong reaction. This is similar to the transformation of the house of Kemal Ataturk in Thessaloniki – what I consider to be his house – monument of the Pontic Hellenism, the Museum of the genocide of Greeks of Pontos", - said the representative of the party.
He referred to the official statement of the party, which says that the only way "the barbarians will be able to understand," and that the Greek government does not give the appropriate hard the answer is not to "injure" Turkey.
Greece believes that the victims of the genocide were more than 350 thousand Pontic Greeks. Ankara, in turn, calls the charges "fantastic" and Greece accused of "distortion of historical events" for political purposes.
On the question, will it be able to stop the Turkish President and the representative of the party said: "Erdogan is a politician out of control".
"The position of our party is that it (the status of Hagia Sophia - ed) is not a world problem, the problem is purely bilateral relations, it is a bilateral issue. It is true Orthodoxy, it is to the Greeks. It outlined the party's Chairman Kyriakos Felopulos in the Parliament", - said the representative of the party.
Aya Sofia was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated on 27 December 537. Cathedral over a thousand years was the largest Church in the Christian world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was transformed into a mosque, but since the mid 30-ies of the last century the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.
Plans to change the status of the Museum caused a reaction in many countries of the world.