Kessab Armenians Receive Armenian Passports

An envoy of families returning to Kessab after its liberation by Syrian government forces. July 2, 2014.

KESSAB, Syria—Armenia’s Consul General to Aleppo Tigran Gevorgyan visited Kessab and Latakia from Sept. 4 to 6.

On Sept. 5, the Consul General presented Armenian passports to those of Kessab’s Armenian residents who had applied for one. Congratulating them, Gevorgyan praised the unbending will of Kessab’s Armenians to live on their soil.

Mayor of Kessab Vazgen Chaparyan thanked the Armenian authorities for the special attitude and care toward Kessab’s Armenians.

During the meeting that followed the ceremony, the Armenian Consul General and the Mayor discussed the problems Kessab Armenians face and what could be done to alleviate some issues.

Kessab, an historically Armenian-populated town in northwest Syria bordering Turkey, was attacked in late March by al-Qaeda-linked extremist militants, who entered through Turkey unhindered. Its population abandoned the town and fled to Latakia. The town’s residents returned in June to a battered and heavily damaged town after Syrian government forces retook the city. Many of the town’s Armenian residents moved to Armenian or Lebanon after escaping the attacks and have not returned.


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  1. bigmoustache said:

    we should promote the idea that kessab is our last real estate on the Mediterranean, our last piece of Cilicia.
    I hope the Armenians do not abandon kessab

    • GeorgeMardig said:

      That is why Turkey’s hand was involved in the removal of the Armenians from Kessab

  2. Hratch said:

    Finally some common sense from the Armenian government. In fact, it should be extended to include all Armenians worldwide!

    • Alec said:

      Citizenship is promoted by the Armenian Government; the processing fee is minimal ($2.50) The process can take several months, but you will eventually get your citizenship granted you have Armenian roots.