ANCC Speaks out on Escalating Violence against Armenia’s in Iraq

MONTRAL–In a statement released on Monday–the Armenian National Committee of Canada expressed outrage over the December 7 bombings of Kabul’s Armenian and Chaldean churches.

"The Armenian National Committee of Canada is deeply concerned over an increasing climate of anarchism in Iraqi cities. From the beginning of the contested occupation of Iraq–Christians in general–including Armenia’s–have been targeted by terrorist groups–and a considerable number have fallen victim. As reported by various news agencies–the spiritual sanctity of over six Armenian churches have been violated–and a number of parishioners have fallen victim to these aggressions," read the statement and concluded by calling on the country’s authorities "to take measures for the security of the centuries old Armenian minority of Iraq."

Echoing the language of the statement–ANC-Canada Chairman Dr. Girair Basmadjian–said–"Some of the oldest Christian monumen’s of the Middle-East have been attacked and damaged–if not destroyed. These acts remind us of a not so distant past–filled with unspeakable horrors that we most certainly would not like to see repeated. I call upon all concerned authorities to stop this disaster from escalating to outright religious conflict."

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