Authorities in Tabriz Assure Normalization of Situation

TEHRAN (Alik)–An Azeri satellite television station operating in Iran has been disseminating Anti-Armenian propaganda and calling on the local population to engage in anti-Armenian demonstrations. Kevork Vardanian–Iranian Member of Parliament representing the Northern Iran Armenian community–went to Tabriz last Tuesday to check on the hostile situation created by the Azeri TV station.

Vardanian has also been in touch with the governor’s and interior minister’s office in the meantime. He was assured that all the necessary security measures have been taken by the Iranian government to prevent an inter-ethnic clash between the local Azeri population and the Armenian community.

"We were at the Prelacy until midnight and fortunately nothing happened. The local security officials called me and the Prelate to assure us that the situation is under control and nothing will happen. The most important thing–however–is that the Armenian community of Tabriz is leading a normal life and last week’s concerns have all disappeared," he said.

Vardanian also informed that local authorities visited the church and assured the public that "the security of the Armenian community is the responsibility of the Iranian security apparatus and that they will guarantee that."


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