nsnbc : Turkish armed forces continue artillery, tank, aerial and special forces attacks against Syrian armed forces in support of mercenary brigades in Kassab, in Syria’s Lattakia province. Prior to the large scale campaign, which was launched on March 21, some 70 percent of the residents of Kassab were Armenian Syrians.
Yesterday, a delegation of Armenian MPs visited the Syrian capital Damascus for talks with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. The delegation, headed by Armenian MP Samvel Farmanyan, conveyed a message from the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, in which he expressed his condemnation of the Turkish – backed terrorist groups which have launched a large scale attack against the Syrian city of Kassab and the surrounding region in Lattakia province. Sargsyan expressed his gratitude to Syria for its efforts to protect the ethnic Armenians in the region.
President al-Assad conveyed that he appreciates the Armenian President’s objective position with regard to the situation and highlighted the role Armenian MPs could play in revealing the true nature of the threats of terrorism and extremism in the region within international forums.
The Armenian MPs, led by Samvel Farmanyan, affirmed their full support for Syria’s efforts to restore security and stability to the country and the Syrian government’s efforts to assure that people who have been displaced by the recent fighting in and around Kessab could return to their homes. Farmanyanstressed that Syria is and will remain a model of co-existence and national unity.
The Armenian MPs also met the Speaker of Syria’s People’s Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham in which the parties discussed the necessity of a unified parliamentary effort to address the problem of takfiri thinking, and the strengthening of Armenian – Syrian parliamentary cooperation.
Armenia’s President, Serzh Sargsyan instructed competent Armenian authorities, earlier this week, to do their best to render assistance to the Armenian population in Kessab.
Armenia’s Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian, said that the Armenian government also has addressed the situation in Kessab in New York and Geneva, at the UN and other organizations. Nalbandian stressed that Armenians made up about 70 percent of the population in Kessab before the recent attacks.
The Turkish MP, Mehmed Ali Ediboglu, visited the border crossing at Yayladagi after heavy clashes erupted in the region. Ediboglu stated that the Turkish military allows and controls insurgents moves while they are crossing the border to and from Syria. After Turkish F-16s shot down a Syrian fighter jet over Kassab last weekend, nsnbc spoke with eyewitnesses in Kassab, who reported about the presence of Turkish special forces operation on Syrian territory in cooperation with the Turkish backed terrorist brigades. The direct Turkish involvement in targeting Armenians is a stark reminder of previous massacres on Armenians.