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Square in Greece Named After Simon Zavarian
by Asbarez Online - Dec. 6, 2000
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2000 02:43 am CST
Kokinya--A square near the Zavarian Center of Kokinya was named Zavarian
Square, where a bust of Zavarian has also been erected.
The opening ceremony was organized by the city hall and sponsored by
Greece's ARF Central Committee. Present at the ceremony were officials from the Greek
Foreign Ministry, the city mayor, state governor, and numerous offficials,
along with leaders of the Armenian community, and Armenian ambassador to
Greece Armen Petrossian.
Greek Vice Foreign Minister Grighoris Neotis honored Simon Zavarian on
behalf of the Greek government and congratulated the community on the erection of
his bust. Mayor Trapalis acknowledged the execution of the Armenian Genocide by
the Young Turk regime just two years after Zavarian's death. The mayor stated
"Turkey must recognize the Genocide and the rights of the Armenian people."
Trapalis along with ANC Greece Representative Boghos Cholakian uncovered
Zavarian's bust which was covered by the Armenian and Greek flags. The
national anthems of Greece and Armenia were played with the participation of
Homenetmen scouts. Greek officials and Armenian representatives in attendance laid
wreathes on Zavarian's tomb.
Master of ceremonies was ARF Representative Hampig DerArtinian. The opening
address was made by Representative Haroutioun Yezegialian.
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