Archbishop Karekin Bekdjian, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church Diocese in Germany, says he’s been visited by Turkey’s Ambassador to Germany Hüseyin Avni Karslıoğlu regarding his candidacy to become the next patriarch of Turkey’s Armenians.
“He asked questions about my patriarchal candidacy. In previous months, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who also visited Germany, wanted to pay a visit, but we could not hold the meeting due to some other pre-scheduled activities,” Bekdjian recently told the Hürriyet Daily News.
Bekdjian is seen as one of the strongest candidates for the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey. Current Patriarch Mesrop II cannot perform his duties due to a disease called frontal lobe dementia.
Even though the Armenian community wishes to choose its own patriarch by holding an election, Turkey’s Interior Ministry appointed an acting patriarch, Aram Ateşyan, two years ago – marking a first in the patriarchate’s history.