GLENDALE—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee on Monday issued an announcement pledging its solidarity with the people of Kessab, which has been under siege since Friday when gunmen crossed the border with Turkey and began attacking the population. The ARF Central Committee strongly condemned the attack on Syria and is urging the international community to intervene and pressure Turkey to not directly—or indirectly—assist the rebel fighters.
Below is the complete text of the announcement.
The brutal attacks on the peaceful population of Kessab, the uprooting of its centuries-old residents and the current uncertainty facing the population has been at the center of our attention from the first moments of the attacks.
We strongly condemn this act of terrorism, which was aided by Turkey and we will do our utmost to mobilize US and international political circles to pressure the militants who invaded Kessab and are looting homes and institutions to leave the area and return the town to its rightful residents.
Both on the state and federal levels, the Armenian National Committee of America chapters, beginning on Friday, have met with several influential political officials to inform them about the developments in Syria and to ask that they join a campaign in Washington urging the White House to leverage its influence to halt Turkey’s direct or indirect role in the attacks. These efforts will continue more broadly in coming days.
The ANCA chapters will also inform human rights organizations and United Nations non-governmental organizations about the fate of Kessab and will seek their assistance in efforts to confront this human tragedy.
The Central Committee is also in immediate contact with Syrian Armenian Relief Fund and has pledged its support to assist the committee in a fund-raising drive for emergency assistance to the displaced Kessab residents.
We will continue our efforts and are confident that we will have complete support of the entire community.
ARF Western US Central Committee