VAN (A.W.)–According to Turkish sources, work began on Oct. 1 to mount the cross on top of Sourp Khatch Church on the island of Akhtamar.
During the mounting of the cross, the island will be off limits for the public.
Turkish sources call the placing of the cross the second biggest step in the “Armenia Opening” after the protocols.
The cross, which weighs 70 kg, is 2.5 m high and 130 cm wide.
Sourp Khatch Church has been restored and designated as a museum by Turkish authorities. On Sept. 19 the first Divine Liturgy in 95 years took place at the church. However, the failure of Turkish authorities to place the cross on the church before the service caused a high and low level boycott of the service on the part of Armenians.