Armenia’s foreign minister calls on UN to prevent use of Turkish territory by Syrian extremists

Armenia’s foreign minister calls on UN to prevent use of Turkish territory by Syrian extremists

YEREVAN, April 3. /ARKA/. Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon about the recent escalation in the north-west of Syria and urged him to request the Turkish authorities to prevent further use of the country’s territory by terrorist groups, press office of Armenia’s foreign ministry reported.

It has been now a couple of days that tragic events are taking place in Kessab of Syria. Turkey, in violation of the international laws and commitments, opened a fire at Armenian-populated villages in Kessab and let the rebellions take over the region, according to the reports. About 700 Armenian families had to flee to neighboring Latakia.

Armenia is deeply concerned over the recent events in ancient town of Kessab and 12 villages with prevailing Armenian population. All evidence available and location of the town lead to a conclusion the recent attacks were made by terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda that crossed the border from the territory of turkey, reads the letter.

Violence targeted mainly on civilians led to deportation, the minister said.

The extremist groups desecrated Armenian churches of Kessab and caused damage to property of local population having left a dismal picture of egregious human rights violations. Only a couple of aged people remained being unable to leave the town. These tragic events jeopardize implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 2139 and 2118 aimed at settlement of the Syrian crisis, says the letter.

Nalbandyan stressed Armenia has many times said immediate measures are needed to protect ethnic and religious minorities, including Armenians, who became the main targets in the armed conflict in Syria.

Use of force against civilians, irrespective their ethnicity or religion, should be condemned, the foreign minister said.

The international community should take resolute steps to guarantee protection and security of the deported population, including Armenian, to create conditions for their safe return to their homes and to provide humanitarian assistance, says the letter. –0—

11:58 03.04.2014

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