Armenia Should Develop ‘Clear Plan’ for Syrian-Armenians

Razmik Panossian (Source: Mediamax)
Razmik Panossian (Source: Mediamax)

Razmik Panossian (Source: Mediamax)

YEREVAN (Mediamax)—Head of the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Razmik Panossian thinks that the Armenian Government should develop a clear plan for supporting Armenians in Syria to be introduced to international organizations.

“Crisis prevails now, and if the situation in Aleppo continues this way, it will get worse in the next several months,” Panossian said.

Panossian emphasized that “Urgent support should be provided for the Syrian-Armenians wishing to come to Armenia.”

“We try to support Syrian-Armenians living in Syria, as well as those established in Armenia. We work with Armenian Ministry of Diaspora and UN bodies,” he said.

The representative of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation remarked that “The situation of Syrian-Armenians who have lived in war for five years now is really complicated, and it is very difficult to say what will happen and what the right solution is.”

In February 2016, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini suggested that Armenia negotiate a special package with the EU aimed at helping Armenians move from Syria to Armenia and creating new jobs for them.

“European public opinion too often forgets that we are not the only ones to be touched by the current refugee crisis: small countries like yours are showing great solidarity to those who are fleeing war and destruction. Your efforts for protection and integration tell us that the rich and powerful Europe cannot be afraid of welcoming our Syrian friends. As you know, the EU and I personally are putting our best efforts to bring the conflict to an end, but also not to lose entire generations of Syrian refugees to war and despair. Last month, in London, we have announced that we are mobilizing €3 billion for Syrians in their country and abroad. We are financing a number of projects for education, jobs and for supporting the host communities. We will make sure that part of this support contributes also to your generous solidarity.”


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  1. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    Whille we dither about this and that, UN, vs. US etc, thousands of Syrian Armenians are cowering in bombed out basements, worrying about their next handful of flower, so maibe thecan have some bread. They are not yet worried about employment, housing they no longer have, they are targeted by the Turkish backed forces, they need out now. Only the rich can afford the money it takes to travel to the west, so the poor are stuck, dying. Any travel agency can organize a Greek cruise ship doing regular runs from Latakya Syria to Batumi Georgia, and from there a short bus ride to Artsackh. There they would havestepped from the desert into a lush verdant paradise. Just drop them off, and they’ll find abandoned villages and breath life into them. This option should be available not only toChristian Armenians but to Arabicized Armenian villages in Syria. When are we going to realize that Armenia’s Achele’s heel is it’s low birthrate and small population?