European Parliament Condemns Attack on Kessab

A session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg


STRASBOURG—European Parliament, in its last plenary session on Thursday, ahead of the May elections, adopted a resolution on Syria, expressing its concern over the latest developments in the country, especially with the situation in Kessab, and vulnerable communities who find themselves in the middle of the war.

The resolution specifically condemns the attack against the Armenian town of Kessab, and takes note that “the fights between regime forces and rebel fighters, including elements linked to Al-Qaeda, at the end of March 2014 led to the evacuation of the vast majority of the population of Kassab, an Armenian town on the Syrian-Turkish border.”

The resolution also takes note of the rich diversity of ethnic and religious communities, stressing that these communities have always been part of Syrian society, and have an important role to play in the democratization of Syria and need to be represented in any consultation on the country’s future and in any reconciliation process; and that these communities had tried to avoid taking sides in the conflict, and as many may recognize the need for a change of regime in Syria, but also fear that, if the government is overthrown, they will be targeted by Sunni jihadist rebels calling for the establishment of an Islamic state. The European Parliament is also worried with the Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front capturing a number of Christian and Kurdish villages on the Turkish border.

Bastiaan Belder (Europe of Freedom and Democracy, the Netherlands) stressed that the resolution will not be full, unless it mentions the whole truth about Kessab, about Turkish involvement once again, after the Armenian Genocide, in depopulating the Armenians of the region. Member of the European Parliament Belder also noted that there must be an investigation on Turkey’s role in the attack against Kessab, which is a continuation of Ankara’s disastrous Middle East policy. Veronique De Keyser (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, vice-chair, Belgium) condemned the displacement of Armenians from Kessab by terrorist groups.

Joaquin Almunia, Vice-president of the EU Commission, is troubled with the jihadist attack on Kessab and the extremely violent civil war in Syria, stressing that the EU will be helping the vulnerable groups and those displaced in the three years of the Syrian conflict.

Kaspar Karampetian, President of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (ANC of Europe) stressed that the resolution has been soft on Turkey, which opened its borders with Kessab assisting the jihadists to attack the region, but nevertheless, puts the blame on Turkey for the border attacks on Christian and Kurdish cities and hindering humanitarian aid. “Turkey is guilty of assisting the extremists in driving out the peaceful population at the border with Syria,” said Kaspar Karampetian.

“Armenians are thankful to the Syrian people for sheltering us after the Genocide committed by Turkey 99 years ago, and we sympathize with them for the terrible violence in the country these days. We hope for an end soon, and that all communities are part of Syria and must be included in re-building the country with no outside interference,” said Karampetian, and concluded that the EAFJD is committed in assisting the Armenian community of Syria with humanitarian aid from Europe.

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6 Comments

  1. Sarkis said:

    Hypocritical jackals in Europe, they are the main reason peaceful Syria is suffering an invasion of muslim terrorists. They are the main reason why Swastika-bearing freaks in Ukraine are launching daily assaults against Russians and Russian-speakers. They are willingly flooding their own bankrupt toilet countries with Turkish immigrants. And they are the main supporters of Turkey and Azerbaijan on the international arena after the US. These are the same scum who regularly condemn the existence of a free and independent Artsakh; when Artsakh voted on a new Constitution back in 2006, even before the election results were release (they were all positive and affirmed that a democratic vote took place) the EU cowards were the first to vehemently state their refusal to recognize Artsakh’s elections as supposedly “illegitimate”.

    To hell with Europe and every single national and international body based in Europe.

  2. Norin Radd said:

    Words, merely words and nothing more. Where is that resolution document being displayed? I need some extra toilet paper.

  3. Hratch said:

    ………and takes note that “the fights between regime forces and rebel fighters, including elements linked to Al-Qaeda, at the end of March 2014 led to the evacuation of the vast majority of the population of Kassab, an Armenian town on the Syrian-Turkish border.”

    In other words, Armenians were not the intended target but mere collateral damage between the warring factions. Therefore, they do not see any urgency to intervene because doing so would require an all out massive support for every village and hamlet damaged by the civil war.

  4. Hratch said:

    ………and that these communities had tried to avoid taking sides in the conflict, and as many may recognize the need for a change of regime in Syria, but also fear that, if the government is overthrown, they will be targeted by Sunni jihadist rebels calling for the establishment of an Islamic state.

    Here we see the truth behind all the rhetoric for support. The fact is that these jihadists prospered because of the prolong war. Had it been over within the first few months, all this could have been avoided. In other words, the fear of the unknown made the situation much worst than it would have been because the initial rebels were not extremists or jihadists..

  5. Krikor said:

    So What!!! Does European Parliament take any measures against criminal Turkey
    It is all BLA, BLA ,BLA cheap talk

  6. Mihran said:

    These type of resolutions mean nothing unless and until its put into action by condemning Turkeys and others in role they played on attacking Kessab,until such time all resolutions be in the Congress EU or elsewhere is not the worth the paper its written on,so lets not get fooled with this type of political ploys by the west after all its the west who is arming and backing the terrorists in Syria.

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