Armenia’s foreign ministry must protect ethnic Armenians of Kessab - Hnchakyan

Armenia’s foreign ministry must protect ethnic Armenians of Kessab - Hnchakyan

YEREVAN, March 24. /ARKA/. Armenian social democratic Hnchakyan party made a statement saying Armenia’s foreign ministry should protect ethnic Armenians living in Syria’s Kessab that became the target of Turkish aggression recently.

Turkey has violated all international laws and commitments having opened a fire at Armenian-populated villages in Kessab and let the rebellions take over the region, says the statement.

Thousands of ethnic Armenians live in Kessab that is located at the border between Syria and Turkey. The large Armenian community of the region had its community and party organizations, schools and hospitals.

Hnchakyan say Kessab has always been a target for Turgey, and the current tragic events create a basis for driving ethnic Armenians out of the province.

Despite this, Armenia made no international-level statement on the issue, according to the report.

Hnchakyans demand from Armenia's foreign ministry to bring up the issue in all possible international levels and request Turkey to stop another attempt of Armenians' deportation, says the statement.

At a parliament sitting Monday the secretary of the opposition Heritage faction Tevan Poghosyan said Armenia is losing one of its oldest communities in the Middle East after the latest incursion by anti-government extremist groups.

The parliament deputy asked the speaker Hovik Abrahamyan about possible actions of Yerevan in this connection. In response, the speaker said a foreign ministry representative may be invited for clarifying the matter.

Yet, Armenia has no competence to interfere with affairs of another state, Abrahamyan said.

According to most recent information, about 670 ethnic Armenian families had to flee to Larakia. –0--

14:32 24.03.2014

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